LIVE UPDATES: October storms cause power outages, downed trees, flooded roads

SEATTLE — Morning thunderstorms are slamming into the Washington coast with dangerous lightning while heavy rain dumps inland — creating problems for commuters.

Today: Heavy rain showers are tracking through with a building southerly wind.  Wind gusts for Everett to Seattle to Bremerton and Olympia will be 30 to 45mph and a Wind Advisory has been issued until 6pm tonight  for most of the inland cities.  Stronger wind gusts up to 60mph have kept a high wind warning in place for western Whatcom, Skagit, Island counties.

Tonight: Friday Night the weather keeps some rain showers, wind only breezy at times.

Rain will increase again later Saturday morning and this will be a round which dumps another 1-3″ of rain over central Puget Sound.  Higher amounts of rain will be added over the Olympic and Cascade mountains.

ALERT:  A High Wind Watch for all of western Washington, Saturday afternoon and night,  as a powerful storm is developing and threatens to bring dangerous wind speeds, including downtown cities.

Stay on this page for live updates below:

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Thousands of people were without power in Seattle as heavy rains and winds moved through the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle City Light reported Friday that more than 7,000 customers were affected by an outage, most in the Queen Anne neighborhood north of downtown.

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PSE is reporting 11,414 customers without power as of 8:15 a.m.

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