• Power restored to thousands after trees fall onto power lines in Snohomish County


    SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. -  Crews restored power to thousands of customers in Snohomish County after trees fell onto power lines.

    Officials with Puget Sound Energy said there were two outages in Mount Vernon. One affected 1,474 customers, when a tree fell onto a power line, and the other affected 2,534 customers.

    After 1 p.m., crews restored power to all customers in Mount Vernon.

    According to officials, wind was a factor in the outages.

    Not only were strong winds hitting Mount Vernon, but a hailstorm coated cars and parking lots with an inch of pellets.

    KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Lee Stoll spoke with Mike Damico, who said the unreasonable start to spring forced farm equipment crews indoors.

    “It has been sunshine, hail, wind, rain -- little bit of everything,” said Damico. “It’s supposed to come in like a lion and out like a lion, but I think it’s reversing itself.”

    A fallen tree was also found on 75th Street and 149th Drive Northeast in Lake Stevens, just a few feet from a home.

    “I came back around the corner, and there it was. Surprise, surprise, but not really, because this happens when we get a lot of winds,” said Patricia VanZant.

    The strong winds brought traffic to a standstill on Stevens Pass.

    Crews closed the road for several hours as they cleared 6 inches of snow from dozens of avalanche shoots.

    James Green crosses the pass every day to get to Wenatchee. He didn’t want to take any chances and made sure to put chains on his tires.

    “It gets really heavy, and the winds last night make it really dangerous,” Green said.

    The Snohomish County Public Utility District told KIRO 7 that it has crews out, but outages are only affecting a few dozen people at a time and are being repaired quickly. 

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