Peninsula: Rains, winds herald season’s most powerful storm so far

The most powerful storm of the season so far brought gale-force winds to the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca on Monday and a National Weather Service flood watch to the rest of the Olympic Peninsula.

The “very wet”‘ storm front is expected to hang over the Peninsula through most of today. Heavy rain and warm temperatures through this afternoon over the south and western slopes of the Olympic Mountains were expected to raise river levels, the Weather Service said.

The rain is expected to end by tonight, and a high pressure system will build Wednesday, bringing dry weather into the weekend, the Weather Service said.

Gusts of up to 39 mph were recorded Monday at Port Townsend and Whidbey Island, forecasters said.

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