Gusty winds cause problems across Western Washington

Gusty winds cause problems across Western Washington
SEATTLE -- Spring is just a few days away, but winter is not going down without a fight.

A surge of wind following the passage of a cold front Tuesday afternoon caused both traffic and marine issues across Western Washington.

Gusts registering 60 mph forced the closure of the Hood Canal Bridge for two hours, as wind-whipped waves blasted across the roadway. The bridge reopened just before 3:30.

Up in Snohomish County, we're getting reports of power outages in Edmonds and isolated trees down.

In King County, Seattle City Light says 9,000 people lost power due to tree branches into power lines, primarily in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Georgetown, West Seattle and Greenwood.

We also received reports of power lines down in spots across Kitsap County. The Kitsap Sun reports power outages on Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Hansville and parts of Bremerton, and also has reports of trees down in spots across the county.


Sailboat runs aground off West Seattle.

Closer to Seattle, a large sailboat sailing in Elliott Bay off West Seattle's Beach Drive ran aground when the winds picked up, requiring assistance from the Coast Guard. Crews eventually freed the boat from the rocks and were towing it back to shore.

The weather station at the Alki Beach Lighthouse recorded just a gust of 9 mph at 1 p.m., but that suddenly surged to 48 mph at 2 p.m. They reached 52 mph at 3 p.m.

Other wind gusts around the area as of 3 p.m. were 53 mph in Hansville, 46 mph in Everett, 39 mph in Bellingham, 33 mph in Tacoma and 32 mph in Seattle.

A Wind Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. for the greater Puget Sound area for possible gusts to 45 mph and then winds will taper off later in the evening.

Tree blows into home in Arlington.