Juneau Docks and Harbors has issued a warning to boat owners to make sure their vessels are made fast and pumps functional as a large weather system is due to hit Juneau on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Juneau Docks and Harbors has issued a warning to boat owners to make sure their vessels are made fast and pumps functional as a large weather system is due to hit Juneau on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Autumn storm expected to bring heavy rain and wind

Docks and Harbors says to rig for a rough one.

A fall storm is expected to hit Juneau, falling hardest on Friday before tapering off Saturday.

The City and Borough of Juneau Docks and Harbors department issued a warning, and asked all boat owners to make sure their pumps are working and vessels are moored securely.

“We’re looking at a typical Southeast Alaska fall-type storm,” said Pete Boyd, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Juneau office, in a phone interview. “We’re going to see gusts up to 40 mph and heavy rain, especially on the outside coast.”

Juneau Docks and Harbors has issued a warning to boat owners to make sure their vessels are made fast and pumps functional as a large weather system is due to hit Juneau on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Juneau Docks and Harbors has issued a warning to boat owners to make sure their vessels are made fast and pumps functional as a large weather system is due to hit Juneau on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

One to four inches of precipitation is expected, with higher amounts at higher altitudes, Boyd said. Winds are expected to be strong in the inner waterways but not excessively so.

“We’re going to see winds in the inner channels from 25-30 knots,” Boyd said. “We’re not expecting to see any gale force winds.”

More fronts are expected in the coming week, with the next one predicted to move through the area Sunday.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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