More than 150,000 without power as windstorm hits western Washington

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SEATTLE — A storm packing strong winds has knocked out power to more than 150,000 customers in Western Washington.

A tree that fell on a southwest Washington home injured one man Thursday. Rough seas on the coast destroyed a third vacation house at a spot known as Washaway Beach.

From southwest Washington to Snohomish County, north of Seattle, weather-related power outages topped 150,000 customers, utilities reported by Thursday night.

As of 11:30 p.m., 93,257 customers were without power, according to Puget Sound Energy’s outage map.

Most of PSE’s outages were in the Centralia, Olympia and Kitsap County with scattered outages reported in Tacoma and Bellingham.

Tacoma Public Utilities reported 1,652 customers without power — down from 22,500.

Around 50,000 Snohomish PUD customers were out of power.

Seattle City Light was reporting 8,202 without power in Seattle, Shoreline and Renton.

Puget Sound Energy outage map | Seattle City Light outage map

The National Weather Service clocked a wind gust of 77 mph at Naselle in southwest Washington and a 61 mph gust at Camano Island, north of Seattle.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had a gust of 48 mph. Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says no flights were affected.

Wind brought down trees across the region including in Arlington where a massive tree was blocking a road.

At least six apartments had to be evacuated when scaffolding came crashing down from a building in Redmond. Police said nobody was hurt, but  160th Avenue was closed between 83rd and 85th Avenue NE.

In Kelso, a 61-year-old man was taken to a hospital after a tree broke through the rafters of his house and hit him in his garage. The Daily News of Longview said the man’s condition was not known.

Forecasters say this could be the biggest windstorm since one in 2006 knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of utility customers in Western Washington, some for more than a week.



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