More than 60,000 customers were without power, and the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for most of Thursday.
Windy weather battered Western Washington Wednesday night and Thursday, leaving more than 51,000 Puget Sound Energy customers without power. There were outages reported throughout the Puget Sound region, with Bainbridge Island and other areas in Kitsap County particularly hard hit.
Crews had restored energy to more than half of those customers by Thursday evening. About 23,300 remained in the dark as of 6:30 p.m.
More than 9,000 Seattle City Light customers also were without power Thursday morning, according to the utility’s outage map. Most of those outages were in North Seattle and Shoreline. But by evening, crews reported only 335 customers without power.
The National Weather Service had issued a wind advisory for the region, which remained in effect through 4 p.m. Thursday. Wind gusts in the Seattle area at one point reached 48 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
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On Thursday afternoon, the service issued a coastal flood advisory for the area that said minor flooding is likely to occur in “low-lying spots” some time Friday between 3 a.m. and 9 a.m.
As of 6 p.m., the forecast for Seattle called for a 50 percent chance of scattered rain showers Thursday evening, mainly before 10 p.m., and more precipitation likely Friday.
Wind gusts of more than 100 mph forced Mount Baker ski area to close Thursday. Find additional details in Thursday’s ski report.
Bainbridge Island schools and the Chimacum School District in Jefferson County were closed Thursday due to power outages.
Downed trees and power lines closed roads in Snohomish County. The Public Utility District was working to restore power for the city of Marysville and other parts of Snohomish County.
The Sounder Northline Trains No. 1703 and No. 1705 out of Everett were held due to trees across the tracks.
The U.S. Coast Guard reported on Twitter that boat crews rescued three people after high winds washed a fishing boat onto the rocks near Bellingham.
Information from The Associated Press is included in this story.