Here's what they say is on the way:
Rain turning to showers overnight. Becoming very windy. Lows in the upper 30s and 40s. Southeast wind 15 to 25 mph becoming south and rising to 40 mph with gusts to 65 mph around midnight. Wind shifting to west in the Admiralty inlet and Whidbey island area around midnight and increasing to 55 mph with gusts to 85 mph.
An 85 mph gust in this part of the country can cause a whole lot of trouble here on Whidbey Island. Right now (mid-afternoon) it's alternating from dark gray and calm winds to darker gray and rather heavy rain. The soil is getting saturated, which is just what we DON'T want just before a wind storm. It's like planting tall trees in jello. When the soil is saturated and the wind blows, the trees go down and the lights go out.
I'll keep you posted as the storm progresses, at least, if anything interesting happens.