Follow our live updates throughout the night Saturday as a damaging storm hits Western Washington. Thousands are without power as strong winds topple waterlogged trees around the region.

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READ THE STORY: Western Washington windstorm weaker than predicted

Here’s what’s happened Saturday:

  • Into the evening, meteorologists expect wind gusts to be under 40 mph in the Seattle metro area.
  • Saturday’s storm has been weaker than originally predicted. Meteorologists said threat from wind diminished shortly after 7:30 p.m.
  • For the latest power-outage information, check Puget Sound Energy’s map and Seattle City Light’s map.
  • On Friday, storms struck the region with pockets of frightening intensity that included a tornado in an Oregon beach town. First responders scrambled to help several people  who were injured, including a 4-year-old boy in Seattle. He remains in Harborview Medical Center’s intensive care unit with serious injuries, according to hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
  • Look here for resources on storm preparation and weather monitoring.

Read more: How a super typhoon got sucked into a jet stream and spawned the storm that’s barreling right for us


Update, 7:55 p.m.:

For the Seattle area, the threat from high winds has diminished, according to the National Weather Service. Into the evening, meteorologists expect wind gusts to be under 40 mph.

“We’re glad the storm passed without significant damage, given the potential outcomes,” the weather service tweeted.

But north of the metro area, in Whatcom and Skagit counties, for instance, wind gusts could still reach 60 mph, according to the service. The threat from wind is not over there.

A high-wind warning remains in effect for most lowlands, including the Puget Sound region, until Sunday 2 a.m.



Update, 7:30 p.m.:

The number of downed trees and power lines across the region is growing. Tens of thousands are without power.

According to Puget Sound Energy’s outage map, about 18,600 customers are without electricity. Seattle City Light crews are trying to restore power to thousands in the Portage Bay area.

The scattered outages continue north. For example, the University of Washington-Bothell campus lost power around 6:50 p.m., according to the school’s website. Operations there are suspended until further notice.


Update, 6:45 p.m.:

Seattleites: The high winds and heavy rain showers are here.


Update, 6:40 p.m.:

Despite the forecast, some bar-goers on Capitol Hill are going about business as usual.

The Comet Tavern was slightly busier than normal, as the winds started picking up. Bartender Jen Wilson said she thought the bar might get slower later, as she experienced at another bar where she worked during Friday’s storm.

“Everyone is getting their drinking in earlier and then going home,” she said.

Standing outside the Unicorn, security manager Jeremiah Ratledge laughed about the initial storm predictions.

“Storm of the century? Must have been a slow century,” he said. “It was worse last night.”


Update, 6:35 p.m.:

More than 17,000 Puget Sound Energy customers are without power, while Seattle City Light reports nearly 960 customers, according to the utility’s online outage map. The numbers, though, are continuously fluctuating.


Update, 6:20 p.m.:

Earlier, forecasters said peak winds would strike Seattle around 6 p.m. Now, the National Weather Service says high winds won’t hit the metro area until later.

According to the service, the center of the storm tracked farther north than expected and will roar over Vancouver Island. When it reaches the Strait of Georgia, winds in Western Washington could pick up.

“It’s still several hours away for Seattle,” said meteorologist Mike McFarland. “It’s got to hop over Vancouver Island before the winds come up substantially” in urban areas.

Forecasters say winds could be as high as 35 mph, with gusts of up to 60 mph.

“If the low had tracked farther for the San Juans then to Whidbey island, it would have been a bigger deal,” McFarland said.

Blustery conditions hit Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay earlier, though stronger gusts of 65 mph were recorded farther north, near Kalaloch in Olympic National Park.

“So far, things are not as bad as we thought,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray told on KING-TV. He also warned people to stay vigilant because the storm remains dangerous.


Update, 6 p.m.:

Across the Seattle area, some people are braving the stormy conditions to catch a glimpse of high beach waves or dark clouds, which forecasters say will intensify with the storm’s fierce winds soon.

With the winds, the number of customers without power is inching higher. Puget Sound Energy reports 10,752 customers without power. And Seattle City Light says crews are responding to about 3,000 homes in Southeast Seattle.


Update, 5:40 p.m.:

Over the past hour, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport measured wind gusts of 39 mph, according to the National Weather Service. See what other airports clocked:

Meanwhile, rain showers and thunderstorms are drenching the Hood Canal area.

“Look for torrential rain, small hail and gusty winds,” the service tweeted.

The system is on the move.


Update, 5:10 p.m.:

Wind gusts in Gig Harbor reached 53 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, people in Ocean Shores are being drawn to the beach as the storm rolls by.


Update, 4:48 p.m.:

What had been talked about as a potentially historic storm appears to be relenting as it reaches the Washington coast. The late-afternoon forecasts now call for gusts of 60 mph in the Puget Sound area Saturday night, a downgrade of about 10 mph. The low-pressure center of the storm is tracking toward Vancouver Island rather than passing over the state.

There is still a great risk of fallen trees and power outages in the Puget Sound region. Forecasters expect widespread outages.


Update, 4:30 p.m.

A tree fell into a home in Lacey, Wash. No injuries reported.


Update, 4:17 p.m.:

The National Weather Service said winds were gusting above 50 mph in the Portland area as the storm makes landfall.

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue posted a photograph of a tree that crushed the new car and part of the home of a family in North Plains, Oregon, near Portland.

— The Associated Press


Update, 2:58 p.m.:

At Taholah, a Quinault Indian Nation community on the coast, the initial Saturday storm forecasts raised concerns that big waves during high tide could breach a seawall that protects about a 1,000 people who live in low lying areas.

But during the early afternoon high tide, the wall held. And tribal officials are optimistic, given the current forecast, that waves and surges won’t be powerful enough to punch a hole in the wall.

Still, Taholah Fire Management Officer John Preston said he would be keeping watch at the next high tide.

“I won’t be in bed at midnight. That is safe to say,” Preston said Saturday afternoon as he toured the village in his truck.


Update, 2:28 p.m.:

Just off the phone with the National Weather Service, and here is the latest: Winds heading into the Seattle area will weaken a bit, but will still be dangerous from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, with average winds of 25-40 mph out of the south and gusts that could reach 65 mph.

Don’t let the current conditions outside fool you, meteorologist Ted Buehner said.

“This is the classic calm before the storm,” he said. “The wind is the big story.”

The rain will taper off in Seattle this afternoon, the wind will kick into high gear in a couple hours and then light showers will follow. Seattle’s rainfall has measured .42 inches since early this morning.

At this hour, the storm is about 60 nautical miles off northern Oregon and is expected to charge more along the coast, and not press inland as much as predicted.

Residents off the central Washington coast will feel powerful winds of about 50 mph with 75 mph gusts starting about 4 p.m. hours, with winds weakening by 10 p.m.

Dangerous winds also will sweep the Whidbey Island area about 7 p.m. and reach gusts of 75 mph, Buehner added.

Like the Seattle area, Olympia and Shelton should see 25-40 mph winds with a maximum of 60 mph from 6 to 9 p.m.


Update, 1:55 p.m.:

It would seem the library might be a good place to hang out in bad weather, but not today. Officials announced that all locations of the Seattle Public Library system will close at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Also, a reminder that Seattle Parks & Recreation has canceled programs and activities in parks across the city. All of Seattle’s grass athletic fields, including West Seattle Stadium, are closed through the weekend.

Parks officials want people to avoid Seattle parks altogether this weekend, because of the winds. In March, a man was killed in Seward Park when strong winds felled a tree.

Kirkland announced Saturday afternoon that all city parks were closing at 2 p.m.


Update, 1 p.m.:

The National Weather Service shared an image of the center of the low-pressure system behind this storm, not far off the coast of Washington.


Update, 12:52 p.m.:

People throughout Western Washington braced for Saturday’s storm, stocking up on groceries, fire wood and gas.


Update, 12:36 p.m.:

The remnants of super typhoon Songda, which originated across the Pacific, are expected to roll through the region this afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service estimates peak winds to hit southwestern Washington, at the coast, about 2 p.m. The central sound and Seattle area should see peak winds about 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. The strongest winds in the northern parts of the state are expected to hit about 6 p.m.

Here’s a neat satellite image from overnight of the approaching weather system, its clouds just west of the California and Oregon coasts.