1 dead, 5 hurt as powerful storm blasts Western Washington with 50-70 mph winds

A tree fell on a car on Madison Street in downtown Seattle. (Photo: Lindsay Cohen)

SEATTLE (KOMO) -- One person has died and least five others have been injured as a powerful storm raked Western Washington Monday.

The fatality occurred in Renton where a tree fell onto a car with two women and a young girl inside in the 17900 block of 158th Place SE, according to Sgt. Joe Hauk with the King County Sheriff's Office. The 33-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene while the front seat passenger, her 33-year-old sister, was in critical condition, Hauk said.

The young girl, who is the 4-year-old daughter of the driver, reportedly had minor injuries.

In Port Orchard, a 15-year-old girl was seriously injured when a tree fell on her mobile home in Port Orchard. Winds knocked over the tree just before 5 p.m. in the 1200 block of Arnold Ave. E and it fell into the bedroom where she was, according to Scott Wilson with the Kitsap Co. Sheriff's Department.

The impact left the girl pinned beneath the tree and roof debris. Firefighters were able to get the girl freed and rush her to Tacoma General Hospital with what Scott described as "very serious injuries."

Meanwhile, two people suffered non-life threatening injuries in a crash in Chimacum. Trooper Russ Winger says their car was hit by a falling tree limb, and then struck another tree.

In Bellevue, medics had to free a woman who was trapped in her car when a tree fell across the eastbound lanes of I-90 at Exit 13.

She was eventually freed and taken to a local hospital in stable condition, Bellevue Fire officials said.

In Downtown Seattle, glass was falling from buildings at Blanchard Street and Westlake Avenue.

In Bellingham, a tree fell into a dorm room at Western Washington University, officials said. The top of the tree landed on the roof of the Ridgeway Beta hall, broke two small holes in the roof and stuck through the ceiling where two students lived. No one was hurt and the two students are being given an alternate place to stay until repairs can be made.

We've seen a number of reports of trees into homes, including a tree into a home occupied by dogs in Maltby. Both dogs survived. Photos of trees down have also come in from Ocean Shores, Puyallup, Bothell, Edmonds, Kirkland, Pacific and Duvall.

As of late Monday evening, during the peak of the storm, some 180,000 people were without power. The power outages included 99,400 with Puget Sound Energy, 61,500 with Seattle City Light and 17,800 with Snohomish PUD.

Gusts have reached 68 mph both on Queen Anne Hill according to a private weather station there, and at Magnolia's West Point Lighthouse, 54 mph in Everett, 52 mph in Tacoma, 53 mph along the 520 Bridge, and a 54 mph at Sea-Tac Airport.

Here are some of the other news items into the KOMO Newsroom as the storm progressed:

  • BELLEVUE - Fire crews freed a woman who was trapped when a tree fell on her car in the eastbound lanes of I-90 at Exit 13. No word on her condition.
  • SAMMAMISH - Number of trees down and power lines reported down, including a tree onto a car in SE 7th and 228th. (Full list here)
  • SEATTLE - Elevators along the northeast side of the Space Needle were slowed to half speed, and elevators on the winward southwestern side were shut down due to strong winds.
  • LAKE STEVENS -- Lake Stevens High School will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 14 all day due to electrical issues with power outages.
  • DOWNTOWN SEATTLE: Glass falling onto roadway at Blanchard St and Westlake Ave
  • DOWNTOWN SEATTLE: Eastbound Spring St at 1st Ave closed in downtown Seattle for tree on car.
  • SEATTLE - Trees fell across Southbound SR-99 at N. 59th Street
  • TUKWILA - Southcenter Blvd. is closed at the 5300 block (under I-5) due to chest-high standing water
  • FEDERAL WAY - Tree down across Dash Pt. Road and 8th Ave SW
  • RENTON: Tree on Power Lines across roadway, 13200 Renton Ave S.
  • EDMONDS FERRY: Report of 61 mph wind gust on Edmonds-Kingston Ferry Run
  • QUEEN ANNE/SEATTLE: Private weather station reports gust of 68 mph
  • WEST SEATTLE: Private Weather Station reports gust of 61 mph
  • LAKE TAPPS: 218th Ave E closed between 64th St. E and 50th St. E due to leaning tree
  • KENMORE: Tree down along NE 202nd near 63rd.
  • BOTHELL: Tree fell across 108th/112th NE and took out power lines. Car crashed into downed tree, no one hurt.
  • RENTON: Downed tree fell across I-405 on ramp to SR-181
  • NEAR MALTBY: A tree fell into a home in the 8400 block of 188th St. SE near Maltby. Two dogs were inside but were OK.
  • TACOMA: Five Mile Drive at Pt. Defiance Park closed due to falling tree limbs and debris falling
  • SEATTLE/PUYALLUP: Both cities close parks due to storm
  • BOTHELL: Downed power line and tree in Norway Hill area
  • EDMONDS: Trees were reported down in Edmonds with traffic signals out.
  • KIRKLAND: Electric lines & tree completely blocking Champagne Pt Rd NE
  • OCEAN SHORES: Tree fell into home
  • KITSAP: Kitsap Transit's Bremerton-Seattle fast ferry has canceled all runs for the remainder of the day due to strong winds.
  • WHIDBEY ISLAND: The Port Townsend-Keystone Ferry is closed due to high winds.
  • DUVALL: Tree fell across road into power lines at 116th by the cemetery
  • NORTH THURSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT: School buses delayed due to stormy weather. Expect late arrivals.

Second Wind Event Of the Day

The day began with the storm's first salvo -- a strong squall that raced ahead of the system and brought about an intense period of heavy rain and damaging winds of 40-45 mph. It caused quite a few downed limbs - plus some trees, poles and lines down in many communities, including Kirkland, Kenmore, Bothell and Port Orchard. Seattle recorded a gust of 44 mph, Gig Harbor hit 45 and Bellingham hit 54 mph.

An estimated 30,000 Puget Sound Energy customers lost power during the first wave of wind and rain. Service had been restored to about half of those as of 7:30 a.m..

In Kirkland a falling tree took out power lines along 72nd Avenue NE, then later along 82nd Avenue near Juanita Drive, trapping a school bus there with children aboard. The bus later was able to get through safely. All schools in the South Whidbey School District are closed. Kitsap Transit's Bremerton-Seattle fast ferry has canceled all runs for the remainder of the morning due to strong winds.

Another Storm Tuesday

Wind will calm down later this evening into the early nighttime hours. A second storm will come in Tuesday for another rainy and windy day, but will feature more rain and less wind.

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