W. Wash. hit by strong winds; trees down, outages reported

W. Wash. hit by strong winds; trees down, outages reported
A tree fell on three parked cars in downtown Kirkland as winds blew through Saturday afternoon.
SEATTLE - Strong winds rocked Western Washington on Saturday, gusting above 50 mph as a cold front howled through the region, triggering power outages, knocking over trees and canceling some ferry sailings.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the Puget Sound area and the north interior of Western Washington. A high wind warning was issued for the coast.

Several power outages were reported throughout the area. As soon as they were repaired, new ones popped up elsewhere.

The largest outage, affecting about 60,000 customers in central Lynnwood including the Alderwood Mall and many homes and businesses, was repaired around 3:15 p.m.

Seattle City Light earlier reported that several hundred customers were without power in its service area, but those were fixed by about 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, new outages were reported at scattered locations around the Puget Sound region, including Stanwood, Mount Vernon, Woodinville and elsewhere.


 A tree in Orting came down on several parked vehicles during Saturday's windstorm.

A large tree also blew down in the 100 block of Park Lane in downtown Kirkland, falling on top of three parked cars and causing a minor injury. A tall evergreen tree also came down on several vehicles in Orting.

High winds and rough seas also forced the cancellation of some ferry sailings between Port Townsend and Coupeville.

The National Weather Service said sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph, are possible throughout the Puget Sound area this afternoon and evening until about 9 p.m.

But some gusts had already topped that by mid-afternoon.

A 67-mph gust hammered Hoquiam at about 4 p.m., while Forks reported a 58-mph gust. Earlier, Oak Harbor reported a gust to 55 mph, while Bellingham, Everett and the 520 Bridge each had a gust of 47 mph.

Even in Seattle, it's been gusty with Alki Beach recording a 48 mph gust, and Boeing Field clocking in at 43 mph.

A little further south, Sea-Tac Airport reported a gust to 46 mph and the greater Tacoma area was reporting gusts around 40 mph.

But all that was really nothing compared with winds in the mountains, with Camp Muir on Mount Rainier reporting a sustained wind of 128 mph, gusting to 151 mph, before the wind gauge went dead.

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