Gusty winds kick off week of weather headlines

Gusty winds kick off week of weather headlines »Play Video
Waves crash ashore in Purdy, by YouNews contributor harborbear.

SEATTLE -- A strong winter storm brought rain, strong winds and even some snow to the Pacific Northwest late Friday, knocking out power to more than10,000 and blocking a few roads.

But the weather headlines were just beginning, as this storm was the kickoff to a week of very chilly weather, with possibly the greatest arctic outbreak since 1990 looming.

Winds were strongest along the coast. Destruction Island, not too far from the storm's center, reported a gust of 95 mph Friday afternoon, while Forks went from 20 mph to a gust of 69 mph as the storm passed them and begin its trek down the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Hoquiam reported a gust of 58 mph.

High winds along the coast knocked out power to 6,000 Grays Harbor PUD customers at Ocean Shores and Tokeland.

In the Puget Sound area, Seattle City Light reports that 7,000 people lost power due to weather -- 4,000 in Burien and 3,000 in Shoreline.

In Shoreline a tree with its limbs tangled in live power lines fell onto a driveway and burnt the asphalt.

"Sure enough there is a huge electrical fire light flashing, buzzing. I realized my feet were buzzing from the floor of the house from just the magnitude of it," said homeowner Tamra Ancona.

The asphalt was left gutted and bubbling, and the smell of burnt asphalt lingered in the air for hours.

In Des Moines a tree surrendered to the storm and, after being uprooted, fell onto power lines. The tree caught on fire before it landed on a car in the 19200 block of Fifth Avenue South.

US 101 near Lower Hoh Road in Jefferson County was closed in both directions due to trees down in the roadway. This is in the Kalaloch vicinity of Jefferson County. Trees were also knocked down on SR 109 at milepost 21 near Aberdeen Street.

A stretch of Interstate 90 between Cle Elum and Ellensburg was closed in both directions during the evening commute due to vehicles losing traction and blocking the roadway.

Here is a list of peak gusts  with the storm.

  • Destruction Island: 95 mph
  • Forks: 69 mph
  • Hoquiam: 58 mph
  • Alki Beach: 52 mph
  • 520 Bridge (Seattle): 51 mph
  • Oak Harbor: 49 mph
  • Seattle (Magnolia): 49 mph
  • Friday Harbor: 47 mph
  • Shelton: 46 mph
  • Seattle (Sand Point): 46 mph
  • Tacoma/McChord AFB: 46 mph
  • Bremerton: 45 mph
  • Tacoma/Gig Harbor (Narrows): 45 mph
  • Seattle (Sea-Tac): 45 mph
  • Everett: 43 mph
The winds tapered off Friday evening. No injuries were reported.