It’s going to be a wet and windy start to the new year.
A storm is passing through the South Sound, beginning early Wednesday and lasting through the week. The National Weather Service has issues a wind advisory as meterologists expect gusts of up to 50 mph though the area, and even more on the mountains.
Weather Service meteorologist Art Gaebel said the Tacoma area’s heaviest winds came early Wednesday, and will continue off and on through the week as storms pass. Heavy showers are predicted through the week, with temperatures lingering at about 40 degrees.
"The next system takes hold on Thursday or Friday," Gaebel said. "It will be pretty similar to what goes on (early Wednesday)."
Tacoma Public Utilities is watching the storm, and if it becomes powerful enough, it will organize emergency teams to respond to outages and downed power lines.
But, as of Tuesday night, it had not come to that, spokeswoman Chris Gleason said.
"We always have crews that are here for emergencies and things, but we don’t have any extra scheduled," Gleason said.
Just in case, customers should be prepared for possible outages.