Thunder, lightning, rain sweeps across Puget Sound


SEATTLE - Hundreds of lightning strikes accompanied thunderstorms as they moved across Puget Sound during a storm that downed trees and cut power.

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News chief meteorologist Sam Argier said there were 450 lightning strikes within an hour along with downpours of rain.

  • The Valley Regional Fire Department said a large tree knocked powerlines down onto 20 cars at Green River Community College. One car was occupied by a woman, who was trapped for nearly three hours.  The woman said she had brought her son to the campus so he could apply to college.  He jumped out of the car, and was OK.  But his mother was more cautious, sticking with police and fire recommendations wait until power crews arrived to disconnect the power.  All evening classes were canceled because of a power outage.
  • In Puyallup, a tree came down on power lines in the 1100 block of Shaw Road, a viewer tweeted. Shaw was closed from Pioneer to 15th until the tree was removed.

             View images of the storm damage

  • In Renton near 180th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 176th Street, there was a bright flash of lightning, followed almost immediately by a gigantic rumble of thunder so powerful that fire alarms were triggered at a nearby strip mall.
  • In Kitsap County near Silverdale, a tree fell on a home 13100 block of Lakeridge Circle Northwest at approximately 4:51 p.m.  The tree crashed through to the home's second story. Firefighters found a woman pinned to her bed by the tree and roof materials. They were able to quickly remove her and she was transported to Harrison Bremerton with leg injuries.
  • At least one tree went down due to the storm at State Route 307 and Gunderson in Poulsbo.
  • On the Carnation-Fall City Road, a semi truck hit a tree, which hit phone or power lines.  It appears the tree was in the road when the truck struck it.  The crash blocked northbound State Route 203 at Southeast Third.
  • Argier said there was hail in North Bend and a line of thunderstorms moving into the Cascades.
  • In Freeland, 1,700 customers were without power, but the cause of the outage is not yet known.

  • Snohomish PUD reported 10,000 customers without power, mostly in Stanwood and Arlington. 
  • Puget Sound Energy reported outages in Fall City, Poulsbo, Sumner, Auburn, Renton, Maple Valley, North Bend and Issaquah.
  • There was also a significant power outage in north part of Silverdale.
  • Southeast Green Valley Road was closed between 212th Way Southeast and Flaming Geyser State Park due to downed wires.
  • In Edgewood, a tree fell into a house in the 12700 block of 53rd Street Court East in the Sumner Heights area.  The tree smashed through the roof and demolished a large window.  The family, who lives in the home, the Sniders, weren't home at the time of the accident so no one was hurt.
  • Power went out on Kent's east hill at at Southeast 256th and 116th.
  • On Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 47th Street in the University District, a downed tree blocked all lanes until crews cut it up and moved it aside.
  • In the White Center area on 116th Avenue and Southwest Ambaum Boulevard, a large downed tree blocked the road.