Wind gusts up to 49 mph around Puget Sound; 6,000 without power

Wind advisories around the Sound have led to thousands without power, according to Puget Sound Energy.

According to the National Weather Service, areas in western Whatcom County and the east Puget Sound lowlands are under wind advisories until 6 p.m. tonight.

Whatcom areas can expect northeast winds from 20 to 30 mph, with potential gusts of up to 45 mph.

East Puget Sound areas should expect east winds from 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph as well.

Both alerts warn that gusty winds could blow unsecured objects around, and tree limbs could be blown down, resulting in possible power outages.

By 10 a.m., nearly 15,000 customers were without power, mostly near Covington and Enumclaw, according to Puget Sound Energy. That number dipped to just over 6,000 by 1 p.m.

Up to the minute alerts can be found on our Weather Alerts page here.