‘I was lucky I wasn’t standing here:’ Violent winds wreak havoc, sends trees through homes

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BOTHELL, Wash. -- Homeowners are still surveying the damage from Sunday’s big windstorm.

At least two roads are still closed in Bothell after trees fell on power lines. The storm’s powerful winds didn’t just knock out power; it also caused big-time damage.

A Bothell homeowner named Duane now has a giant fir tree slicing through his home.

“I heard an explosion, I turned and this whole dining room blew out,” he said. “I was lucky I wasn’t standing here.”

The massive tree finally stopped falling after crashing into his son’s bedroom. Thankfully, the room was empty.

The whipping winds also knocked bricks off the back wall of a church in Lynnwood. Nobody was inside during the storm; the church’s pastor said they would check the structure’s stability before reopening.

Trees also fell into power lines in Bothell neighborhoods; some homeowners have been in the dark since Sunday.

“I have a gas stove so you can heat your coffee and you just kind of rub your hands together and stay warm,” said Kristy Pyne.

During the height of last weekend’s storm, 40,000 Snohomish County PUD customers were without power. By Monday afternoon, only 3,600 customers were still in the dark.

 

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