A powerful Pacific cyclone is now approaching landfall and its powerful winds have already caused massive power outages over Oregon, where over 100,000 customers are in the dark as I write this.
Washington State is next.
Infrared satellite imagery shows the large-scale cyclone over the West Coast (see below). Huge in scale.
A close-up visible image this morning shows the circulation with the low west of Westport.
The European Center model is taking the low on a more southerly path, which would be less threatening.
This storm is typical of one of the stronger cyclones we get each year, but not like one of the majors (Columbus Day, Inauguration Day, Chanukah Eve). Its track is not optimal, it is weakening on landfall, and other reasons.
If you are living in western Washington, you would be wise to charge your electronics now and prepare for a power outage. Stay inside during the strongest winds later this afternoon and evening.