Latest storm updates

Latest storm updates
List of news items that occurred during Wednesday's wind storm. Final update was at 8:10 p.m. Check the main weather story on the home page for any new developments.

November 15, 2006 News Updates:

8:10 p.m.:
U.S. 101 is closed in both directions, between Duckabush Road in Jefferson County and Beacon Point Drive in Mason County, approximately 9 miles north of the community of Eldon due to a mudslide.  (This reopened around 9 p.m.)

8:00 p.m.:
National Weather Service cancels all high wind warnings. However, Wind Advisories remain in effect for northern Olympic Peninsula, western Skagit County, Admiralty Inlet/Island County areas, and the greater central Puget Sound area for gusts to 50 mph until 10 p.m. Port Angeles Coast Guard station reports gust of 52 mph and Oak Harbor reports another gust of 53 mph.

7:55 p.m.:
National Weather Service issues flood warning for Bogachiel River near La Push.

5:08 p.m.:
Puget Sound Energy says more than 100,000 customers in seven counties are currently without power.  Island and Whatcom counties were hardest hit, and the high-voltage transmission lines to Island County have been cut.  More than 90 line crews are working to repair downed lines, but at this time there is no estimate for when power may be restored.

4:55 p.m.:
Hood Canal Bridge closes to traffic for second time due to high winds. Reopened later Wednesday evening.

4:42 p.m.: Clallam Bay reports wind gust of 87 mph.

4:36 p.m.: 
Pierce county officials report that more than 20,000 people are currently without power, and that several roads are blocked by downed trees and power lines.

4:20 p.m.: 
High winds have down multiple trees along SR 112, forcing crews to close the highway between SR 113 and Joyce, in Clallam County.

3:55 p.m.:
Flood Watches dropped for southwestern Washington counties as not as much rain fell as anticipated. Flood Watch remains in effect for rivers in Clallam, Whatcom, Skagit, King and Snohomish Counties.
 
3:45 p.m.: Oak Harbor School District cancels evening activities and buses are running late. Due to road closures, if they can not get the child home they will return the child to school. Parents are encouraged to drive to school if your road is closed. 

3:45 p.m.: 
Several schools in the Bonney Lake area are experiencing power outages such as: Bonney Lake, Emerald Hills, Liberty Ridge  & Victor Falls Elementary, Lakeridge & Mountain View Middle Schools, and Bonney Lake High School.  All schools are on  normal schedule, but expect some bus delays. There will be no after school athletics or activities at schools without power.

3:20 p.m.:
High Wind Warning extended until 5 p.m. along the coast, 7 p.m. in the North Sound and Hood Canal area. Wind Advisory extended for Central and South Puget Sound area, as well as the rest of Kitsap County, until 10 p.m.

3:18 p.m.:
Evening classes at the Clover Park Tech College South Hill Campus are canceled today.   

3:06 p.m.:
The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory because of heavy rains in Grays Harbor, Mason, King, Kitsap, Jefferson, Clallam, Snohomish, Island, Skagit, San Juan and Whatcom Counties.

3:04 p.m.:
Downed trees have forced the closure of SR 530 just west of Darrington at milepost 38.

2:55 p.m.:
SR 530 Closed in Both Directions West of Darrington; Trees on Roadway

2:26 p.m.:
Hood Canal Bridge reopens to traffic.

2:00 p.m.:  Newest peak gusts reported: Bellingham: 63 mph, Oak Harbor: 66 mph, Tacoma and Olympia: 46 mph.

1:55 p.m.: Bellingham fire officials say 911 dispatchers are being inundated with calls reporting downed trees and power lines.  They ask that you call Puget Sound Energy directly at: 425-452-1234, and for downed trees blocking roadways in the City of Bellingham - call 360-676-6850.

12:26 p.m.: Ferry service on the Port Townsend/Keystone run is suspended until further notice.

12:02 p.m.: Strong winds close Hood Canal Bridge to traffic.