Storm packing wind, rain cuts power to thousands



Wash. - After a stormy evening, branch of a tree or branch on a line caused an outage for 6,000 Tacoma Public Utilities customers in South Tacoma Tuesday morning.


The outage occurred around 5:30 a.m.  By 7:45 a.m., power had been restored to 5,000 of those customers.


On Monday night, power was cut to 2,300 customers in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood, and a mudslide and downed trees west of Belfair cut power to 450 customers on North Shore Road.


Power was knocked out for all of Vashon Island and for 5,000 customers in Port Orchard.

There were spin-outs and accidents across the region, including crashes on Olympic drive just off State Route 16 in Gig Harbor, on I-5 at Albro Place, on Delridge Way Southwest and on eastbound I-90 at Rainier Avenue. 


The rain and wind are expected to taper off through the day Tuesday with more sunshine on Wednesday.