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Wet, windy storm causes power outages in Western Washington

Wet, windy storm causes power outages in Western Washington

EVERETT, Wash. -- November is on the scoreboard with its first potent storm of the stormy season.

The storm kicked up strong winds across parts of the North Sound, toppling some trees and knocking out power to thousands.

Nearly 4,000 Snohomish PUD customers were in the dark as of late Thursday evening, a number that had dwindled to about 1,000 Friday morning. Puget Sound Energy had another 5,000 or so in the dark early Friday morning. A few hundred people also lost power in Grays Harbor County.

Near Martha Lake, a downed tree blocked a road and the Mountlake Terrace city council was forced to hold a meeting in the dark because the power was out.

Everett's Paine Field reported a peak gust of 54 mph, while the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station had a gust to 44 mph. Most other gusts in the region were between 25 and 40 mph.

The bulk of this storm has passed, but a Wind Advisory remains in effect until 2 p.m. for Whidbey and Camano Island areas as strong west winds up to 45 mph are expected to blow down the Strait of Juan de Fuca through the morning and midday hours. It won't be quite as wet as last night a Puget Sound Convergence Zone will keep additional rain going around northern King and southern Snohomish Counties.

The heavy rains from Thursday night also caused some rivers to rise to near flood stage. The Snoqualmie River already crested near flood stage once on Thursday and is expected to rise again near flood stage Friday afternoon from Thursday night rains.

A Flood Warning is in effect for the Tolt, Skykomish and Stillaguamish for minor flooding by Friday evening.

We're in a break between storms until a second one arrives over the weekend. Light rain will develop Saturday afternoon and increase in intensity as we get into Saturday night for another 1-2 inches of rain in the mountains. The Puget Sound lowlands may dodge some of the heavier rains due to the Olympic Rain Shadow, but it will be breezy again. Yet at this point, wind doesn't appear to be a major factor.

Rain will taper to just a few showers early next week before stormier weather returns for later in the week.

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