Sudden, fast-moving downpour pounds area, results in flooding

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SEATTLE — A heavy downpour came down in less than an hour in the Puget Sound region Thursday, causing a roof collapse at a business in Kent and flooding at Seattle’s KeyArena and elsewhere.

The National Weather Service said a record rainfall of 1.33 inches was set at the Olympia Airport, breaking an old record of 1.03 inches set in 1977.

A record rainfall was 0.46 inches was also set in Seattle for the date of Aug. 29, breaking the old record of 0.21 set for that date in 1991.

A roof of a business in Kent collapsed due to the rain at 8200 block of South 194th Street. Kent Fire Capt. Kyle Ohashi says no one was injured at the woodworking warehouse where a 40-foot by 40-foot roof section collapsed under the weight of the water.

Flooding was reported at KeyArena and at the Glendale Apartments in SeaTac.


A look at College Street in Lacey at about 4:30 p.m. (Photo by Amy Goodall)


Flooding in a Tacoma church parking lot. (Photo sent in by Hailey Gift)


The parking lot at the Target store in Lacey on Thursday.


Rain floods the floor at KeyArena.

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