Tens of thousands of households were still without power Monday morning.
Yesterday’s storm caused widespread damage to the region and killed one man, who was crushed by a falling tree in Seattle’s Seward Park. A toddler was taken from the crumpled BMW sport-utility vehicle.
Power is still out in some areas, and some schools opened late or not at all.
The fierce gusts destroyed scaffolding outside Clark Hall on the University of Washington campus. No one was injured, but a few cars were damaged. The building houses the UW’s Army, Navy and Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, or ROTC.
Last updated 2:47 p.m.
Seattle Fire Dept. briefing in Seward Park:
Utility crews are still scrambling to restore power to Puget Sound residents after Sunday’s windstorm. Around 6 a.m. Monday, about 50,000 households were still without power, according to outage maps from Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy. By 2:45 p.m., that number had dropped to about 15,500.
In Seattle, power outages were scattered in nearly every corner of the city. Just more than 9,000 households were without power as of 5:45 a.m. Monday, but within a few hours it was down to about 3,500, and by mid-afternoon was fewer than 1,000. Seattle City Light spokeswoman Mary Dorsey said the utility expected power to be restored to all affected households by 6 p.m. Monday. She said there were more than 160 separate incidents for crews to assess and fix.
On the Olympic Peninsula, large areas were still in the dark, including parts of Bainbridge Island, areas around Port Orchard, Silverdale and Seabeck.
On the Eastside, outages were concentrated in the northeast, with large parts of Woodinville, Sammamish Valley, Bothell and Kenmore lacking power.
Puget Sound Energy customers account for the bulk of the outages in the region. As many as 176,000 customers were without power at one point; that number is down to about 14,750, according to PSE’s website.
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The Washington State Department of Transportation reopened the Highway 520 bridge at about 1:20 a.m. Monday after wind and waves damaged the bridge’s draw-span system. The bridge was closed at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday as waves crashed on the bridge deck.
WSDOT spokesman Travis Phelps said a piece of the bridge’s guide-roller system, which allows the draw span to rise up and down, needed repair after the heavy winds.
“Essentially, to make a repair, we had to jack up a portion of the bridge and create a new part and slide it between the roller. We couldn’t have live traffic on the bridge as we made the repair,” he said.
Phelps said the bridge is structurally sound, but the repair was critical to make as soon as possible because there are times when the draw span must open.
“When we do have high winds, we need to open the bridge. Opening the bridge relieves the pressure of the water, waves and wind against it. It keeps waves from damaging the bridge and draw span,” Phelps said.
Without the repair, Phelps said WSDOT “could have been in a world of hurt” if another significant storm rolled in.
A replacement for the aging Highway 520 bridge will open in April. At 7,710 feet, it will be the longest floating bridge in the world.
Northline Sounder trains have been canceled after a mudslide near Mukilteo.
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Several area schools are closed or delayed because of power outages.
McGilvra Elementary in the Seattle school district will open at 11:30 a.m.
Mukilteo’s Picnic Point Elementary is closed because of a power outage.
In the Lake Washington School District, McAuliffe, Rockwell and Wilder elementary schools are closed.
The University of Washington’s Bothell campus is closed until 1 p.m. Cascadia College in Bothell is closed during the day, but will give a status update at 3 p.m. about evening classes.
In the Shoreline school district, Einstein Middle School and Shorewood High School are closed. Parkwood and Highland Terrace elementary schools are delayed by two hours.
The South Kitsap School District is delayed by two hours.