Storm Creates Havoc in Western Washington
In the continuing storm in Washington State, the lives of people have become miserable. High winds at the speed of 60 mph moved across Western Washington especially the Puget Sound region downing trees and power line leaving thousands of people in darkness.
As per the reports, about 320000 people have been blacked out due to the storm.
The National Weather Service has issued a rare, severe thunderstorm warning for Snohomish and Skagit counties. As of now, no incidents of loss of lives or injuries have been reported. The warning also has stated that the chances of hailstorm with more than regular size hails are high in this particular region.
In the Puget Sound region, the wind downed many trees and electricity lines. The King Co. Sheriff’s Office said that a car collided with a fallen tree leaving three juveniles trapped inside the car; however, all of them could be escaped without any injuries.
Trees have fallen in the Maple Valley area, Kirkland and the South Sound. There were also cases of damaged houses by the fallen trees.
Sea-Tac Airport reported the wind speed of 60 mph at 2 a.m. while Tacoma registered 61 mph and Renton recorded 52 mph.
Puget Sound Energy has told that there were around 231000 homes without power across the South Sound in the Olympia and Tacoma areas.
As per Tacoma Public Utilities, 20000 power outages have been reported.
Seattle also has experienced power loss; around 50000 customers had reported the loss of power. And as per the City officials, the crew have been working to restore the power in Seattle, but some homes may see the outage remaining till Monday.
Grays Harbor PUD has reported that around 22000 people have been affected by the power outage. The areas which have been affected are South Beach, North Grays Harbor, East Hoquiam Road, North Beach, North River, areas of South Aberdeen and parts of Montesano.
Outages also have been reported in Snohomish and Mason Counties leaving 14000 people without power.
As per the National Weather Service’s report, the speed of wind gust at Fort Lewis is 58 mph, 69 mph at Cape Disappointment, 66 mph in Westport, 60 mph in Hoquiam and 49 mph in Olympia.
As of now, high wind warnings have been withdrawn from the Seattle-Tacoma area, but it remains effective in the San Juan Islands, and a wind advisory is in effect from Everett north to the Canadian border. The speed of wind in these areas could go as high as 50 mph.