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30 years ago today, Hood Canal Bridge had that sinking feeling

30 years ago today, Hood Canal Bridge had that sinking feeling
This Feb. 14, 1979, photo of the sunken Hood Canal Bridge, showing the missing western portion after a powerful storm the night before, was taken by photojournalist Tom Thompson, then of the staff of The Daily News, predecessor of the Peninsula Daily News. This first newspaper photograph of the disaster was sent worldwide by The Associated Press. Thompson is now retired from the newspaper.
SHINE, Wash. - It was 30 years ago Friday that hurricane-force winds sank the west half of the Hood Canal Bridge. Wind speeds hit 80 mph sustained, and might have even gusted as high as 105 mph.

Damage to the bridge was over $130 million in 1979 dollars, and it took 3 1/2 years before the bridge would be replaced.

You can read more about the specifics of the windstorm at Wolf Read's Storm King Web site, and you can read the entire story about the 30 year anniversary at the Peninsula Daily News Web site.