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A Storm Called ‘The Big Dark’ Is Barreling Into The US

A Washington State Trooper stops a vehicle at a roadblock on Highway 530, near an area where a landslide and floodwaters block the road, outside Darrington, Washington March 28, 2014. At least 26 people were known to have perished when a rain-soaked hillside collapsed without warning on Saturday, unleashing a deluge of mud that flattened dozens of homes in a river valley near the rural town of Oso, in Snohomish County, some 55 miles northeast of Seattle. REUTERS/Jason RedmondA Washington State Trooper stops a vehicle at a roadblock on Highway 530, near an area where a landslide and floodwaters block the road, outside Darrington, Washington March 28, 2014. At least 26 people were known to have perished when a rain-soaked hillside collapsed without warning on Saturday, unleashing a deluge of mud that flattened dozens of homes in a river valley near the rural town of Oso, in Snohomish County, some 55 miles northeast of Seattle. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

A group of three storms, dubbed “The Big Dark,” is headed towards the Pacific Northwest, bringing with it strong winds and rain.

The first storm hit the Washington area Tuesday and brought some light rain, heavy winds and gusts, reports The Seattle Times.

The second storm was expected to make land Wednesday and carry on through Thursday morning, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) explained. Wind gusts were supposed to reach up to 50 miles per hour and bring heavy rains.

“Basically it’s going to be windy and rainy everywhere,” said Q13 News Meteorologist M.J. McDermott. “Snoqualmie Pass looks OK, we are not talking about snow with this storm. Still rain at pass level.”

Wednesday’s storm should bring between two to eight inches in parts of western Washington, NWS meteorologist Jay Albrecht added and a Mason County river would need watching in case of flooding.

“That’s not all that unusual as we get into fall, but it’s our first windy system of the year and the first one tends to prune the trees of some dead branches and cause some local power outages,”Albrecht said.

The third storm is expected to hit Saturday with more heavy rains and wind gusts, with the forecast for the upcoming week consisting of rain, wind and thunderstorms.

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