Gusty winds bring down trees, cause power outages in North Sound
NEAR DUVALL, Wash. - Gusty winds as high as 60 mph brought down several trees and caused thousands of power outages throughout the North Sound Tuesday evening.
At one point, up to 12,000 customers were affected.
The loss of electricity caused a number of traffic lights to go dark along Highway 525, and Whidbey Island residents had to deal with a stack of other problems caused by powerful gusts that pulled down power lines.
“It was pretty strong on the other side coming over on the ferry,” said Debbie Daumaen, who made the crossing from Mukilteo to find the lights out in several locations, and strong winds blowing overhead.
The wind gauge at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station recorded a 60 mph gust just before 9 p.m. The windstorm ruined dinner plans for Montana Johnson. He had hoped to shop at the only grocery store that stays open late on the south end of the island.
“I came from Freeland,” Johnson said. “We had power up there so I came down just to get some normal stuff for dinner and they are out of power.”
PSE said its crews will be working through the night to make the necessary repairs and get the electricity back on for everyone on the island.
Earlier in the evening, strong gusts brought down several trees in Snohomish County.
A section of Woodinville Duvall Road was shut down between 226th Ave. NE and 233rd Ave. NE. after two trees fell across the roadway, blocking both directions. The fallen trees also brought down power lines.
Drivers were urged to use Old Woodinville Road as a detour until crews can clear the roadway.
Just north of there, around the same time another tree fell and blocked part of westbound State Route 522, near W. Main Street, just outside Monroe.
State Department of Transportation crews quickly responded to the scene. The road was cleared about 20 minutes later.
Seattle Parks and Recreation officials said the recent wet weather followed by this week's heat is likely to blame.