LIVE UPDATES: Wind gusts top 55 miles per hour in multiple spots across Western Washington
SEATTLE – Wind gusts started topping 55 miles an hour just after 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday in parts of King and Snohomish Counties.
Q13 FOX News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley reported a 55 mile per hour gust at Seattle’s Gas Works Park followed shortly by a report of a 58 mile per hour gust at Paine Field in Everett.
We are tracking wind speeds and storm impacts below in a live blog.
From Grays Harbor PUD:
PUD crews are dealing with multiple outages impacting
over 1000 customers. This includes:
-North Grays Harbor including Lake Quinault, Neilton,
-Areas of the East Hoquiam Road.
Skokomish Tribe: Due to High Winds and Power Outages All tribal buildings are now closed
From South Kitsap Schools:
Due to the heavy winds and storm today, we are cancelling all school district after school activities for this evening. This includes the Community Bond Information Event at Marcus Whitman.
Student safety remains our top priority; for more information, please contact the district office at 360.874.7000 or continue to check the district website.
From the City of Kent:
11/17/15 Road Closures; As of 1:30 p.m. Today the following road closures are in effect until further notice. Alternate routes are advised:
*SE 200th St from 121st to 144th due to a downed power line
*148th at 256th due to water over roadway
*James St from Central to Woodford due to water over roadway
From the National Weather Service:
…The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a flood warning
for the following rivers in Washington…
Skagit River near Concrete affecting Skagit County.
North Fork Stillaguamish River near Arlington affecting Snohomish
Latest power outage info from Seattle City Light:
Number of Outages: 27
Estimated Customers: 5,109
Puget Sound Energy: 81,700 customers
The Hood Canal Bridge has been reopened.
Puget Sound Energy says that as of 3 p.m., more than 150,000 customers are without power
Snohomish County PUD: “A significant storm hit our region today, with winds up to 60 mph. A
second wave of wind hit this afternoon resulting in more than 111,000
customer power outages. We have called out crews and support to tackle
this storm on behalf of customers. If your power is out, designate a
warmer area in your home as a primary living area, preferably with fewer
windows. Dress in layers and, if needed, with a scarf, gloves and hat.”
Sound Transit: The tracks have been cleared of debris. Southline trains are now continuing past Auburn Station.
Second storm fatality is a woman killed by a falling tree while she was driving on Highway 904 east of Cheney.
— Nina Culver (@NinaCulver) November 18, 2015
This is the third storm-related fatality statewide
W/ so much widespread damage, prepare for the possibility of being w/o power for multiple days.
— Puget Sound Energy (@PSETalk) November 18, 2015