The weather shifted from wet to blustery yesterday, and trees downed by high winds snagged power lines in many areas of Western Washington. "Mother Nature has pulled a one-two...
About 10,000 people from North Bend to Black Diamond were left without power yesterday as the weather shifted from wet to blustery and trees downed by high winds snagged power lines around Western Washington.
“Mother Nature has pulled a one-two punch on us this weekend,” said Rochelle Ogershok, a King County Department of Transportation spokeswoman.
North Bend took the heaviest hit. At 3:45 p.m., a falling tree damaged power lines behind North Bend Elementary School, knocking out power for the entire town, said Lt. Ron Gotts of Eastside Fire and Rescue.
Puget Sound Energy also reported power outages in Buckley, Carnation, Covington, Auburn, Enumclaw, Black Diamond, Fall City, Issaquah, Maple Valley, Renton and Sammamish.
Puget Sound Energy and Tanner Electric crews were working to restore power last evening, but did not expect service to be fully restored until this morning.
A high-wind warning was in effect for the Cascade foothills in eastern King and Pierce counties. King County’s strongest gusts were 57 mph at the Cumberland weather station. Buckley was Pierce County’s windiest spot, with gusts hitting 75 mph.
Falling trees twice blocked Highway 410 yesterday near Greenwater, first at 11 a.m. and again at 5 p.m.
Shortly after noon, a tree fell onto Interstate 90 just east of North Bend, blocking two westbound lanes. A state Department of Transportation crew removed the tree, and the lanes were reopened in less than 30 minutes.
Most roads in East King County that had been closed due to flooding on Friday and Saturday were reopened by yesterday morning.