Power outages hit the region; more strong winds expected Monday

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SEATTLE -- Thousands were without power Sunday in Western Washington as winds picked up.

Strong winds are expected again Monday night and through Tuesday morning along the Washington coast, the San Juan Islands, western Whatcom and Skagit counties and the Everett area.

Snohomish PUD reported more than 2,000 without power Sunday. To check outages in Snohomish County go here. To check outages for the Puget Sound region go here.

San Juan County has also been experiencing outages.

The National Weather Service has posted a high wind watch from Monday night to Tuesday morning. South winds of 25-35 mph are expected. Gusts could reach 50 to 55 mph.

The watch area includes Ocean Shores, Hoquiam, La Push, Neah Bay, Friday Harbor, Oak Harbor, Bellingham and Everett.

.The strongest winds are expected to occur overnight Monday and Tuesday.

The National Weather Service says some power outages can be expected. Winds will be lighter in the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia area with gusts of 25 to 40 mph.

Tra velers should also take note that snow levels will fall to pass level on Sunday night.

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