Second round of wind knocks out power

Second round of wind knocks out power
SEATTLE -- The second windstorm in three days struck parts of Western Washington Tuesday night, bringing gusts over 50 mph in quite a few areas and knocking out power to some.

In Jefferson County, the wind knocked out five substations just before 1 a.m., leaving 15,000 people in the dark, including parts of Port Townsend. Power was restored a couple hours later.

A tree also fell onto a power line in Auburn, causing a localized power outage and scorch marks on the road where the power line fell. Outages were also reported in Island County.

Here are some of the notable peak gusts recorded with this storm:

  • Bellingham: 56 mph
  • Friday Harbor: 55 mph
  • Seattle (Alki Beach): 54 mph
  • Oak Harbor: 52 mph
  • Hoquiam: 52 mph
  • Tacoma/Fort Lewis: 51 mph
  • Seattle (Sea-Tac): 44 mph
  • Gig Harbor: 43 mph

As strong as that was, the Northwest dodged a bullet as this storm was actually quite strong, but made landfall far to our north into central British Columbia.

Solander Island, off the northern tip of Vancouver Island, reported a peak gust of 113 mph Tuesday evening. Here are some other impressive gusts off Vancouver Island:

  • Cape St. James: 94 mph
  • Herbert Island: 76 mph
  • Estevan Point: 69 mph
  • Sisters Inlet: 62 mph
  • Lennard Island: 60 mph

The weather will remain rather calm for the rest of the year, with just a few scattered showers today, but another storm was due in Thursday, that could bring a myriad of heavy rain, mountain snow, strong wind, and perhaps even some lowland snow in spots as we get into Friday. Looks like 2009 will begin the way 2008 is ending...