Bellingham hit with strong winds, rain

Thousands of people were without power Sunday as strong winds hit parts of Western Washington.  (KOMO News)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- A few thousand people lost power Sunday as strong winds hit the northern edge of Western Washington.

The gusts were strong in Bellingham on Sunday afternoon where peak gusts on the west side of Whatcom County were in the 40-50 mph range, with Bellingham Airport recording a gust of 51 mph.

The blustery winds tossed flags around in the marina as the waves in nearby Bellingham Bay gave Cliff Ball and his wife quite the show from their warm, dry car.

"It's quite impressive," Ball said, who is visiting from Abbotsford, British Columbia.

The winds were destructive Sunday as trees fell onto a truck and the roof a home in Bellingham.

Kelly Pettus was one of about 1,500 Puget Sound Energy customers who lost power Sunday when a tree fell onto some power lines near Whatcom Falls Park.

The outage created brief back-ups at nearby intersections as firefighters directed traffic below dark signal lights.

Isabel Kowacz and her roommate Tatum McLeod braved the blustery conditions on their walk around the neighborhood.

As they see it, these conditions are just part of a classic fall day around the Pacific Northwest.

"Walking around yesterday it was really nice. Little breeze. Met a little dog...people out doing yard work and stuff. And now today not a single soul," McLeod said.

At the high point today there were more than 3,000 Puget Sound Energy customers without power across the region.

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