The Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for coastal areas that will be in effect from 2 p.m.to midnight Thursday.
The National Weather Service is forecasting strong southerly winds of 20 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts from 45 to 55 miles per hour expected through Friday morning.
A high-wind watch for Western Washington begins Thursday night.
A second storm, a remnant of tropical typhoon Songda, will pass through the region on Saturday.
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However, the more likely possibility at this point is the storm making landfall over central or northern Vancouver Island, which would confine the most damaging winds to north of Everett, though our area would still get a decent storm that could cause damage and power outages. But according to Haner, if Washington sustains a direct hit it could be "something we haven't seen in years".
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Saturday will start with light rain but it will increase by late morning and become heavy at times again on Saturday afternoon and evening. At this time no area rivers are forecast to flood. He said that storm will be impressive enough, but it may just be "a warm up for the real action on Saturday".
More information will be available tomorrow and as we approach Saturday.
The strong winds could damage trees and cause power interruptions, send unsecured objects flying, and make travel along Highway 101 hard or even impossible at times, especially for high-profile vehicles, according to the NWS.
And a weather service spokeswoman cautioned drivers on the morning commute Friday to be aware that built-up oil in the road pavement will be carried to the surface with the rain, making roads slick and slippery.
Be extremely alert while driving over the next few days, especially during periods of heavy rain.