The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. Information about Whatcom County’s response to COVID-19 is available at the Joint Information Center’s COVID-19 website.
The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic. The move delays the border’s reopening by another 30 days, until at least June 21. This includes both vehicular traffic as well as recreational boating between the countries.
Advisories, Watches and Warnings:
There is a small craft advisory in effect from 1500 this afternoon to 0500 Saturday.
Whatcom County Weather
Increasing clouds are coming today as a weak weather system moves into the region. A few rain showers will begin to develop across the area this afternoon, continuing into the evening hours before decreasing overnight and into Saturday morning. A few showers will still be possible Saturday afternoon but it should be mainly dry at that point. Winds will be mostly light at night with mild breezes picking up in the afternoons. Temperatures will be cooler Saturday as cooler air and showery weather moves into the region.
Coastal Weather for Whatcom County
For the Coastal and Inland waters of Whatcom County, we can expect northwesterly wind 10 to 20 knots. Wind waves should be 1 to 3 feet. Tonight, the winds should shift southwesterly 10 to 20 knots, rising to 15 to 25 knots after midnight, with wind waves 2 to 4 feet.
Tides at Cherry Point for the next two days:
Here are a few emergency management reminders:
Whatcom County public health officials are recommending that everyone wear cloth face coverings in public places. While this isn’t a requirement, it is an additional step of protection that you should take to keep from spreading the virus to others. Wearing cloth face coverings will not prevent the spread of COVID-19 without other protective measures like staying 6 feet away from people who don’t live with you and washing your hands with soap frequently.
Tsunami planning - talk to everyone in your household about what to do if a tsunami occurs. Create and practice an evacuation plan for your family. Familiarity may save your life. Be able to follow your escape route at night and during inclement weather. You should be able to reach your safe location on foot within 15 minutes. Practicing your plan makes the appropriate response more of a reaction, requiring less thinking during an actual emergency. If you are a tourist, familiarize yourself with local tsunami evacuation protocols. You may be able to safely evacuate to the third floor and higher in reinforced concrete hotel structures.
Stay informed by signing up for emergency text and alert messages from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Alert link on the county website. Finally, don’t forget to create an emergency kit.
"Procrastination is the foundation of all disasters." - Pandora Poikilo
This briefing line is not updated on weekends unless an incident occurs.