Blustery winds knock out power around Puget Sound

Blustery winds knock out power around Puget Sound
Blustery winds knocked out power across the Puget Sound region Sunday and ripped up large sheets of plastic wrapping at a Tacoma bridge restoration site that prompted a warning to boat owners at a nearby marina, officials said.

The blustery weather prompted the National Weather Service to issue wind advisory Sunday afternoon for the Puget Sound region north to the Canadian border. The advisory was lifted a few hours later.

The wind also brought down trees and branches as it moved through the area. It was the first blustery weather system of the season, following months of calm weather.

"Trees are particularly prone to damage this afternoon since it has been since last spring that winds have been this strong," said the Weather Service advisory. "Trees still have their leaves so will be more susceptible to the wind."

About 5,500 Seattle City Light customers lost power in scattered outages caused by downed wires shortly after noon.

After electricity was restored there, more outages hit other areas of the city.

Around 4:30 p.m., about 12,500 homes were without power on Queen Anne Hill and in the Magnolia area. Electricity was restored there by about 7 p.m.

Power also was knocked out for several thousand customers in some parts of Snohomish County, Redmond and on the south end of Vashon Island, but the extent of those outages weren't immediately known.

Crews were quickly restoring power to many of the affected areas.

In Tacoma, winds ripped large sheets of plastic wrapping protecting the Murray Morgan Bridge during a restoration project and kicked up clouds of sand and dust.

Fire officials advised some of the people living on boats in the waterway to move their vessels until the bridge has been secured by the bridge contractors. Dust masks also were issued to some residents.