Strong winds slam Puget Sound region

Strong winds slam Puget Sound region »Play Video
SEATTLE - A late-season windstorm slammed into Western Washington on Thursday, following directly on the heels of heavy rainfall the night before, toppling trees, creating mudslides and knocking out power to thousands.

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The peak of the winds were moving into the greater Puget Sound region Thursday afternoon just in time for the evening commute. A High Wind Warning is in effect for the greater Puget Sound region and Southwestern Washington through 8 p.m. for wind gusts as high as 60 mph.

So far, Seattle had a peak gust of 52 mph, while many other locations were gusting between 45 and 50 mph.

The high winds and heavy rain combined to create havoc across the region.

• In Edgewood, two people were briefly trapped Thursday morning in their van when they were caught in a slide across Jovita Boulevard, but they were not injured.

• The Northline Sounder train between Mukilteo and Everett was closed down Thursday evening due to a mudslide. Service is operating between Seattle, Edmonds to Mukilteo.

• Another landslide in South Seattle knocked out power to about 1,600 Seattle City Light customers just before 11 a.m. in the Rainier Beach, South Seattle and Tukwila areas. Power was restored at about 5 p.m.

• Puget Sound Energy reported about 5,000 customers without power late Thursday afternoon, especially in the north and south King County areas where about 3,000 homes are affected. The other 2,000 are scattered outages in nine other counties, mostly due to downed trees falling into power lines.

• Several outages caused by high winds affected approximately 5,500 Tacoma Power customers as of Thursday afternoon. Crews have been dispatched to the outage locations, but do not have estimated times for restoring power at this time.

• Gusty winds toppled a 20-foot steel pole outside the Beacon Hill light rail station. No one was injured.

• Some 1,100 customers of Mason County PUD in the Mason Lake East area and along the south shore of Hood Canal lost power in two separate outages. A tree blown across power lines and a downed power line were to blame for the outages. Service was expected to be restored by midnight.

• Wind has caused damage to a mobile home park near 37th Street SE and I Street SE. No details were immediately available.

• A mudslide brought down trees and dirt, threatening a home on Holmes Point Drive in the Kirkland area and blocking access to the garage.

• Several ferry sailings were cancelled earlier between Port Townsend and Coupeville due to high winds and rough seas.

• Downed power lines were blocking both directions of Highway 702 at Kinsman Road, in the Roy area, the state Transportation Department reported. The highway reopened by 6 p.m.

• More than 500 homes were without power along Highway 106 in Mason County, due to trees falling across power lines. Electricity is expected to be restored by 8:30 p.m.

• Motorists were urged to exercise extreme caution on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge due to severe side winds.

Seattle received nearly 2 inches of rain, and more is on the way, so hillsides will likely remain saturated.

The winds will continue through the late evening and then taper off as we head into the nighttime hours. Long range forecasts show perhaps a brief break in the weather on Friday, but there are several other storms out there with our name on it for the weekend and next week.

Peak gusts from the storm:

  • North Bend: 60 mph
  • Seattle (Alki Beach): 56 mph
  • Seattle (Sea-Tac): 55 mph
  • 520 Bridge: 52 mph
  • Bellingham: 49 mph
  • Gig Harbor: 49 mph
  • Shelton: 49 mph
  • Everett: 48 mph
  • Hoquiam: 48 mph
  • Oak Harbor: 47 mph
  • Tacoma: 47 mph
  • Renton: 44 mph
  • Seattle (Boeing Field): 41 mph