Spring storms wreak havoc across Western Washington

Spring storms wreak havoc across Western Washington
AUBURN, Wash. -- Thunderstorms put on quite a show across the southern Puget Sound region Wednesday afternoon, knocking out power and damaging a tree and causing a lot of urban flooding problems.

In Marysville, a large thunderstorm rolled over around 5 p.m. dumping an incredible amount of rain in a short period of time. A trained spotter reported to the National Weather Service that he received 1.58 inches of rain in one hour! That's a little more than Seattle's average rainfall for the entire month of June!

The rain overwhelmed storm drains and caused flooding along several area roads and a mall parking lot. And city officials said water levels in the public works building reached as high as 2 feet during the storm. The building was so badly damaged that it has been rendered uninhabitable for the time being.

In Enumclaw, a trained National Weather Service spotter reported seeing a funnel cloud for a few moments, but the funnel dissipated shortly thereafter.

Puget Sound Energy says 1,400 people lost power in the Auburn and Federal Way area just before 1 p.m. They did not give a specific reason for the outage, but a thunderstorm was in the area during that time. Power was restored just after 2 p.m.

In Auburn, crews responded to arcing power lines and fallen branches near 8th St. NE and Harvey Road.

And a lightning strike split a large tree in half in the 2400 block of Howard Rd. SE in Auburn. Crews say they'll have to close the road to tear the tree down.

The storms are forming due to cold, unstable air that has moved into Western Washington in the wake of a storm that blew through Tuesday night, and thunderstorms remain in the forecast across the region through Wednesday night.

The chilly air also means Seattle still won't have hit 75 degrees this year, now tied for the latest date for that not to have occurred. The old record was June 9th in 1991. The record will likely continue until the weekend.

Marysville Flooding From Air 4:

Flooding in Tacoma:

Lightning strikes tree in Auburn:

Flooding pictures from Marysville:

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