Windstorm causes widespread damage and power outages in Western Washington

UPDATE: As of 6:35 p.m., Tacoma Public Utilities reported that 3,500 customers were still without power. Seattle City Light reported at 3:15 p.m. a little more than 6,500 customers were without power.


The strong wind that blew through overnight and early Sunday caused thousands to lose power and left behind significant damage across Western Washington.

KIRO 7 meteorologist Claire Anderson said wind gusts got as high as 69 miles per hour in some areas.

All high wind warnings and advisories were canceled about 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

As for the damage caused by the wind, a tree came down on a passing car in Auburn. One person was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.

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Officials did not say how many people were in the car.

Renton police have closed the area near Union Avenue and 11th Street because of downed power lines and trees.

In Puyallup, a massive tree was uprooted and fell on top of a fence. No one was injured.

Farther south, the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority is working to remove debris off roadways where there are downed trees, power lines and poles, making roads impassable.

With downed power lines, thousands of people are without power Sunday morning.

Puget Sound Energy reported that more than 216,000 people are being affected by 835 power outages as of 6:45 a.m. The largest outages are being reported in Federal Way and Auburn.

Seattle City Light reports more than 33,000 people in the greater Seattle area are without power.

Tacoma Public Utilities is reporting that 20,000 people are without power and said they have called in all of their crews to restore power.