More than 20,000 still without power amid high winds


Thousands of people are without power Thursday as high winds continue to batter Western Washington.

Power outages, as of 7 p.m.

Current conditions, scroll down for expanded coverage 

Here's where high winds have hit hardest across the sound 

A wind advisory was in effect for all of Western Washington Thursday, including the Puget Sound region from Everett to Tacoma through 4 p.m. with sustained winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts of more than 45 mph.

A high wind warning for the Washington Coast that was set to expire at 9 a.m. was extended to noon. Powerful sustained winds were 25 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.
Puget Sound Energy initally reported that 51,000 customers were without power. That number has been reduced to a bit over 20,000, as of Thursday night. In Seattle, about 9,000 customers were without power in Capitol Hill, Montlake, Shoreline, North Seattle and Lake Forest Park. That number has been reduced to 300, as of Thursday night. City Light crews were responding to 18 outages.

The highest winds have been in the North Sound and at the coast.  At 3:53 a.m. Thursday, there was a gust of 67 mph in Bellingham.

"I've seen wind gusts in the 50 to almost 70 mph range from the coast to Bellingham. The rest of the area will see wind advisory conditions Thursday morning and lasting though 4 p.m. from the Canadian border to Tacoma and Shelton," said meteorologist Nick Allard.
More North Sound damage 
Overnight and Thursday morning, there were reports of multiple trees down. 
Some of the areas where trees have fallen are Shoreline, Lynnwood, Marysville and Bellingham.
One tree down in Lynnwood took out power lines and caused house fires on both sides of the road.
One of the trees that came down in Bellingham fell onto a home, but caused no damage. 
A worker in Bellingham sent photos of damage at a Home Depot where siding of the building was torn off.

Kayak Point Regional Park west of Marysville is closed because of downed power lines.
Three men rescued from sinking boat near Bellingham

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Bellingham rescued three men after their 57-foot fishing vessel washed onto the rocks in Squalicum Harbor Thursday morning.

Crew members were able to get all three men safely aboard the response boats. Click here for details.

Windy weather reportedly grounded a vessel in Bellingham Bay. 


JUST IN: New video shows a vessel getting battered by winds on the coast near Bellingham -- where the Coast Guard rescued three men. How the rescue happened:

Posted by KIRO 7 News on Thursday, March 10, 2016
South Sound damage
Tukwila saw falling trees on Thursday morning. 

The Hood Canal Bridge closed again due to high winds. It reopened around 10 a.m. 

Kitsap Co. and Washington islands 

Kitsap County Administration Building and Courthouse are closed because of a power outage. Also several roads are closed.  Here's the newest: 

  • NW Maple Ln, Seabeck off Scenic Beach Rd NW
  • Stavis Bay Road NE at Bluestar Lane NW 
  • Scenic Drive NE, Poulsbo at north intersection with Hwy 3 
  • Brownsville Highway NE is closed due to water over the road near the Central Kitsap Treatment Plant. Traffic is being detoured using S. Keyport Road NE. 

Wind and rain caused power outages for all of Bainbridge Island. The school district is out for the day because of outages. 

You can follow road closures for Bainbridge with the fire department Twitter here.

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