Photos: Damage from Olympic Mountain wave windstorm in Port Angeles
What a storm!
A rare mountain wave wind event struck the northern Olympic Peninsula on Friday, bringing at least 50-55 mph gusts around town, toppling several trees and power lines, and knocking out power to several thousand.
Air 4 made the journey up to Port Angeles to survey the damage on Monday and there were still several trees down and power yet to restore.
The unusually strong winds were caused by an approaching potent storm that sent southerly winds smashing into the Olympic Mountains.
As the winds climbed over the mountain summits, they rolled down the lee side of the mountains in waves of wind -- similar to how waves in the ocean build and crash, only with air.
Some spots just over the mountains had estimated wind gusts of 70-90 mph! Cougar Mountain in eastern Clallam County had a gust of 78 mph.