Storm causes roads to flood as Seattle breaks rain record

SEATTLE — Heavy rain from Thursday’s storm has created hazardous conditions on some roads, but the good news is that the rain will subside later Friday.

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Seattle saw a new daily record for rainfall Thursday, with 1.99 inches. The previous record was 1.53 inches in 1982.

As expected, storm drains were overwhelmed in some areas and drivers are seeing a lot of standing water on roads across the region Friday.

In Kent, drivers encountered urban flooding with large pools of water flowing onto sidewalks. The city closed streets for safety and firefighters reminded people not to drive through standing water.

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The intersection of East James and Central Avenue North remained closed Friday morning, with about six inches of water there. By 6:30 a.m., the water had receded. See which roads are closed in Kent at this link.

In Tacoma, flooding was seen near downtown, with some cars halfway underwater. Video shows a driver standing on the roof of his car while waiting to be rescued.

When the wind picked up, trees came down or dropped branches.

In Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, large branches needed to be cleared from the road.

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In Tukwila, there were large branches breaking and trees collapsing. The ground became so saturated in one spot that an entire tree tipped over, becoming entangled in power lines next to Ryan Hassett’s home.

“I just came out and I was going to go to the mailbox and I looked over and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.” So it was pretty surprising to say the least,” Hassett said.

Flood Warnings are in affect for the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skokomish, Nooksack, Stillaguamish, Skagit and Skykomish rivers.

The heavy rain likely caused a mudslide on the North Cascades Highway, closing a stretch of SR 20 Thursday.


The cold front over the area will continue to push south as the morning goes on, with some convergence zone rain behind it. However, most of the steady rain from the cold front should be done by late morning with just a few lingering showers possible into the afternoon.

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Saturday will be cold to start with some patchy fog and frost possible. Then we’ll see sunshine and mid-50s for the afternoon. Look for the same on Halloween with sunny skies and near perfect weather for trick-or-treating.

Light rain is forecasted to move through on Monday, with a few showers Tuesday, some light rain Wednesday and a few showers Thursday.