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Wind gusts sweep South Whidbey

A low-pressure system moving in from the west created high winds across South Whidbey and throughout the Puget Sound region, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Sustained winds of about 30 miles per hour were recorded at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at Oak Harbor about 2 p.m. today.

Gust were reported up to 38 miles per hour.

The winds, which were also gusting mightily at Bayview, were expected to last about an hour, weather forecasters said.

"We've issued a small craft advisory for the waters around Whidbey Island," said forecaster Johnny Burg. "We'll see a quick burst of wind, then it should die down by 4 p.m."

Meanwhile, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders reported its eight 53-foot-high portable fabric shelters were holding up well in the wind.

"They seem to be fine," said Matt Nichols, director of business development. "They're tied down pretty good."

Nichols said winds of up to 45 miles per hour were recorded in the Freeland boatyard shortly after 2 p.m. today.

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