Have you been outside today?
We're watching the wind gusts from the floor to ceiling windows in the front of The Source building, and frankly, it's concerning.
We just watched a giant piece of loose plastic and a tumble weed as big as a car crawl their way into traffic on Wall St., the huge pine trees are swaying too much for comfort, and our historic building (built in 1916) is making some weird noises. The shed next door is looking less stable by the minute.
In the middle of writing this blog the power went out here at the office, TWICE. Thank God for autosave.
Here's what forecast.weather.gov had to say about the gusts:
STRONG WINDS AREAWIDE
A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WITH ABUNDANT MOISTURE WILL MOVE
ACROSS WESTERN OREGON AND WESTERN WASHINGTON TODAY AND TONIGHT.
THIS WILL BRING HEAVY RAIN TO THE EAST SLOPES OF THE OREGON
AND WASHINGTON CASCADES WITH RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 2 INCHES
POSSIBLE BY TUESDAY MORNING.
A VERY TIGHT SURFACE PRESSURE GRADIENT ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOW AND
A STRONG JET STREAM WILL CONTRIBUTE TO STRONG AND GUSTY SURFACE
WINDS OVER MUCH OF THE AREA TODAY INTO THIS EVENING. DAMAGING
WINDS ARE POSSIBLE AND NUMEROUS HIGH WIND WARNINGS AND ADVISORIES
ARE IN EFFECT.
Central Oregon Community College has sent out an emergency warning regarding trees that have gone down, one by Grand View and one by Pioneer Hall. We'll keep you updated on any other crap that has fallen down.
KTVZ has posted The National Weather Service's HIGH WIND WARNING for all of Central Oregon through 11:00 PM tonight. They're predicting Sustained winds out of the south at 35-45 mph; gusting as high as 60 mph.
SUSTAINED AT 35-40 mph! Be careful out there.