• Mother hurt, thousands without power during windstorm


    A strong wind storm swept through Western Washington on Tuesday, leaving massive damage in its wake. 

    Power outages affected customers throughout Puget Sound:


    In Snohomish County, around 3,500 customers were without power into the night. Snohomish Co. PUD said they were continuing restoration efforts throughout the county.

    All inbound flights to SeaTac Airport were held at their origin points until 9 p.m. due to stormy weather.

    The highest recorded winds were at West Point Lighthouse -- at Seattle's Discovery Park -- with a gust at 60 miles per hour. The rest of the Puget Sound also felt the affects of high winds. See photos here.

    Wind gusts sent an Enumclaw trampoline flying through one man's backyard. 

    #BREAKING Winds were so strong in Enumclaw -- that this trampoline tumbled through one man's backyard until it ended as a mangled mess. >> kiro.tv/PowerOutMore than 20,000 are without power in the Puget Sound. We're following damage for a report on #KIRO7 at 6 p.m. on-air and kiro.tv/LiveNews

    Posted by KIRO 7 News on Tuesday, March 1, 2016


    In the South Sound, a viewer from Graham sent the KIRO 7 Newsroom photos from a tree pulled up from his yard.

    #BREAKING With potential wind gusts over 40 mph -- more than 20,000 customers are without power in the Puget Sound. >>...

    Posted by KIRO 7 News on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

    A fire erupted in Issaquah when a tree burst into flames along Newport Way Northwest, according to The Issaquah Press.

    Also in the eastside, a big fir tree came came crashing down onto busy West Lake Sammamish Parkway in Bellevue at 3:30, ripping down power lines and a transformer with it.

    Weather started to impact traffic around 4 p.m. 

    A power outage at WSDOT's traffic management center led to dark traffic cameras across many roadways on Tuesday afternoon. It's since been fixed. 

    Downed trees and power lines had NW Market St between 24th Ave NW and Ballard Ave NW down to one lane in each direction at the start of the evening commute.

    The Hood Canal Bridge closed for around two hours because of high winds. It reopened around 5:30 p.m.

    Mother injured after tree into home late Tuesday
    A mother was injured and a family was displaced Tuesday after a tree fell into a Poulsbo home.
    The woman was transported to a hospital with serious injuries, and a family of five was displaced. The tree fell into a home on Norland Court, near North Kitsap High School.

    Reuben Lopez says a giant tree crashed into his Poulsbo home, crushing his house and landing on top of his wife. His oldest son barely escaped and his wife's arm was broken. KIRO 7 News

    Posted by Rob Munoz on Tuesday, March 1, 2016


    “The 41-year-old father said he looked out his window and noticed the large tree was ‘shaking at its roots,'" a Poulsbo Fire Department spokesperson said in a statement. “He yelled for everyone to ‘get down!’"

    His two boys, ages 9 and 6, ducked.

    The children, including a 1-year-old girl, escaped unharmed but the 35-year-old mother was struck by a portion of the tree.

    Medics treated the woman before transporting her to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton. The family is now staying with relatives. 

    What to know about the weather:

    Up to an inch of rain is expected to fall in the lowlands, and there is some impressive snow around Paradise at Mount Rainier.

    “Most of the passes will turn to rain fairly quickly, except the North Cascades. There is a winter storm warning for 7-12 inches of snow near Mount Baker before it all turns to rain Tuesday afternoon,” said KIRO 7 meteorologist Nick Allard.

    Allard said there will be a brief break from the rain on Wednesday before more rain late Wednesday. 

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