Late season windstorm roars ashore leaving thousands in dark

Late season windstorm roars ashore leaving thousands in dark »Play Video
Dean Lee and Rob Bjeletich remove a tree from a small home childcare facility in Shoreline after the 40 foot tree crashed onto the home in high wind. (Photo: Joshua Trujillo,
SEATTLE -- Last week at this time, some areas were getting pummeled by snow. This week, it's the wind's turn to take a swipe at Western Washington.

A very potent storm was passing just offshore, and its associated cold front was bringing strong winds and bursts of heavy rain as it moved through. Gusts ranged from 45-60 mph in spots around the region.

See photos of wind damage

In Gig Harbor, a tree was knocked into Dick and Eva Bennison's home in the 7700 block of Young Bay Road NW. The Bennisons say it was about 9:30 a.m. when they heard a crash. They went outside to find the tree struck an empty attic space near where the home and garage attach, but had the tree gone about 6 feet east, it would have hit right above where Eva was standing.

No one was hurt.

A tree also fell across a car parked at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, and across the 2500 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway in Redmond. No injuries reported in any of those cases.

The strong winds also toppled a tree into power lines that knocked out electricity to about 3,100 Seattle City Light customers in the Shoreline area, which included the WSDOT headquarters.

Seattle City Light says the tree fell near the intersection of Dayton Place N. and Dayton Avenue N. around 9:40 a.m. Full restoration was expected by 4:30 p.m.

Puget Sound Energy says seven of their nine counties are reporting some outages, including about 3,000 in Whatcom County and others in Skagit, Island, Kitsap, King, Jefferson and Thurston. They didn't have a total estimate of how many were in the dark, but the outages included the Woodinville area and the Eastgate area of Bellevue. Also some schools in the Bellingham area, including Mt. Baker High School and Junior High School were without power.

Clallam County PUD reported about 1,800 people in the dark. Strong winds also canceled some sailings of the Port Townsend to Keystone ferry run.

The winds have peaked and will slowly subside through the evening.

Peak Gusts

Here are some of the peak gusts as of 2:30 p.m.

  • Tattoosh Island: 79 mph
  • Bellingham: 60 mph
  • Oak Harbor: 60 mph
  • Port Townsend: 57 mph
  • Vail: 54 mph
  • Anacortes: 51 mph
  • Padilla Bay: 51mph
  • Everett: 51 mph
  • Forks: 51 mph
  • Brinnon: 50 mph
  • Enumclaw: 49 mph
  • Fort Lewis/Tacoma: 48 mph
  • 520 Bridge/Lk Washington: 48 mph
  • Shelton: 47 mph
  • Edmonds via ferry: 47 mph
  • Hoquiam: 46 mph
  • Seattle (Sea-Tac): 46 mph
  • Mount Vernon: 45 mph
  • Friday Harbor: 44 mph
  • Seattle (UW): 44 mph
  • Gig Harbor: 43 mph
  • Port Angeles: 37 mph