70 mph winds snap huge trees like matchsticks at Tacoma Park

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TACOMA, Wash – Strong winds toppled between 12 and 15 large trees in Point Defiance Park late Thursday.

Several of the huge trees were seen completely snapped in two near the base.  A section of the park was closed Friday in response.

Strong winds and pounding rain moved through the Puget Sound area Thursday evening.  NWS estimated straight line winds with gusts of 60-70 miles per hour downed the trees around 7:30 p.m.  Several rainfall records were set across the region as well.

One eyewitness told Q13 FOX News reporter Steve Kiggins he was sure he saw a “twister” touch down.  Meteorologists said straight line winds can often be mistaken for tornadoes and can certainly cause significant damage as well.

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  • Slam1263

    "the National Weather Service is now trying to determine exactly what happened."

    It sounds like the wind broke the trees off.

    Maybe we can get a local grade school newsletter editor, to guide us through these dark, and ignorant, times.

  • Kathy

    The wind picked up in Sumner at the same time. Enough that it made the dog bark. It only lasted about 5 minutes, but blew all of the magnolia flowers off the neighbors tree

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