Overnight storm topples trees, knocks out power; coastal flooding reported
A storm blew through Western Washington overnight with thunder, lightning, hail and gusty winds, toppling trees, knocking out power to thousands and blocking streets.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in Seattle issued a flood watch for the Washington coast through 10 p.m. Thursday. By mid-day, ocean swells were already pushing sea water into the streets of Westport in Grays Harbor County. Crashing waves topped jetties all along the coastline.
At the peak of the overnight storm around 1 to 2 a.m. Thursday, at least 10,000 customers were without electrical service in the central Puget Sound area. Over 1,000 were still without power as of 7 a.m.
Heavy rain also flooded some streets and sidewalks in urban areas, including Seattle's Interbay neighborhood.
- In South Everett, a tree came down on power lines, knocking out power to about 1,120 customers in the area around Airport Way and Highway 99. Electrical service is expected to be restored around 7:30 a.m.
- In Eatonville, trees were down in both directions of Highway 161 near Highway 7 as of 7:15 a.m.
- In the Olalla area, near the Pierce-Kitsap County border, a large tree toppled, ripping down multiple utility poles and live wires. The fallen tree is blocking Crescent Valley Road north of 126th Street. Power in the area is expected to be restored by noon.
- In Poulsbo, trees came down on Highway 307 near the city limits. The roadway reopened around 8:30 a.m.
- In Bothell, a fallen tree knocked out power to about 1,440 customers in the Bothell area. The tree also was blocking 4th Avenue West in both directions between 224th Street SW and 221st Place SW.
- In the Seattle area, crews worked to restore electrical service to about 1,870 customers in the Richmond Beach area after a branch came down in wires. All customers were back up by 2:40 a.m.
- Outages also were reported in Alderwood Manor and multiple other areas. Many of these outages have now been fixed.
On the Washington coast, high energy swells of 30-35 feet began around daybreak with waves continuing through the day, the Weather Service said.
Already waves measured at 32 feet off of Westport and 30-35 feet off Qullayute River Bar:
The combination of the waves and tides that are running about 1 1/2 feet higher than expected will produce saltwater flooding in low-lying communities for a few hours around high tide at mid-day.
Areas of highest concern include Ocean Shores, Westport, and Taholah. Minor flooding is also possible along the shoreline of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam and Aberdeen around high tide.
Waves will be quite energetic, running much farther inland than what is typically observed. Significant beach erosion should be anticipated.
Already in Oregon, two women were injured when they were struck by a wave-tossed log in Lincoln City.
In Depoe Bay, Ore., a 57-year-old man was swept out to sea by a large wave. The Coast Guard is is searching for him.