• Strong winds knock out power to more than 100,000 customers Friday evening

    By: Nick Allard , KIRO 7 News Staff

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    Gusty winds knocked out power for more than 100,000 customers across Western Washington on Friday evening. 

    Several roads were closed off due to trees or power lines that had fallen. 

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    Tacoma fire crews were at the scene of State Route 509, where it was closed in both directions between Taylor Way and Alexander Avenue for high voltage wires down. Drivers were advised to take alternate routes. 

     

    At the intersection of 240th Street Southeast and Meridian Avenue South in Bothell, a tree and power lines fell on a vehicle with people were inside. No injuries were reported. 

    After 9 p.m., police said three adults and three children safely got out of the vehicle. Crews are working to remove the tree from the roadway. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A State of Emergency was declared for the city of Port Angeles after the strong winds knocked power out in the entire city. Before 11 p.m. power was restored. 

    Crews are working to restore power to thousands of customers across the region. 

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     Washington State Ferries shared a video of waves over the bow of one of its vessels. 

     

     

    There is a High Wind Warning at the Washington Coast starting at 8 a.m. and north starting at 1 p.m.  As the front pushes to the coast later this morning, wind will pick up and will be sustained around 30-40 mph with gusts potentially in the 50-60 mph range.  The same goes for the Admiralty Inlet area and western Whatcom county, but not starting until about 1 p.m.

    As the front pushes inland, wind will increase for most of Puget Sound with a Wind Advisory in effect from 1-7 p.m.  Wind will be sustained between 20-30 mph with gusts potentially in the 40-45 mph range. Your best bet for the 45 mph range is around Seattle north and closer to the water.  The advisory for the Strait will stay in effect until 10 p.m.

    Overall, we should expect a windy day for most of the area, but the peak will be in the early to mid-afternoon for most, with the Strait having a secondary peak after the front moves through Friday evening.

     

     

    Once the front moves through this evening, the wind will mainly die down and we'll see a convergence zone and a few inches of snow will fall around 3,000 feet.

    Saturday will be a mainly dry day before another system Sunday with rain, breezes and mountain snow.  One note: It appears very large waves will be crashing into the Washington coast on Sunday into Sunday night and Monday so some beach erosion looks likely.

    More rain and mountain snow come early next week.


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