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May 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Thunderstorms down trees and power lines throughout Puget Sound region

UPDATE 5:20 P.M.| A tree has fallen down on the southbound Interstate 5 just north of Northeast 145th Street, blocking two right lanes according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

A tree fell down on the southbound Interstate 5 just north of Northeast 145th Street, blocking two right lanes. (WSDOT photo)

A tree fell down on the southbound Interstate 5 just north of Northeast 145th Street, blocking two right lanes. (WSDOT photo)

Seattle City Light hasn’t reported many outages, but power lines have also been downed in Seattle.

A  tree that fell and caught power lines around 5 p.m. left live wires hanging 10 feet off the ground at Northeast 125th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast in North Seattle, according to the Ravenna Blog.

Trees have gone down in and around West Seattle as well, according to the West Seattle Blog.

Meanwhile, Puget Sound Energy says 22,338 of its customers are without power in 288 locations.

UPDATE 4:55 P.M.| The woman trapped in her car was able to get out after Puget Sound Energy workers made sure the lines on her car were not live, according to college spokesperson Vickie Sheehan. Workers are now  trying to remove the tree that landed on five cars.

EARLIER POST

A thunderstorm rolling through the Puget Sound area this afternoon downed trees and power lines, including some that trapped a woman in her vehicle at Green River Community College in Auburn. Classes there have been canceled for the remainder of the day.

A tree that landed on five vehicles in the college parking lot also took down power lines that landed on 20 vehicles around 2 p.m., trapping one woman, according to college spokesperson Vickie Sheehan. She said the woman is uninjured, but has had to stay put in the car until Puget Sound Energy workers make sure none of the wires on her car are live.

“A big gust of wind came here and we heard three pops that we thought were transformers blowing,” Sheehan said. When college officials saw the scene in the parking lot and that power had been knocked out to the entire campus, they canceled all classes for the day to focus on rescuing the trapped woman and freeing damaged vehicles under the fallen tree. Touching a puddle or piece of metal electrified by a live power line can be immediately fatal.

During Monday's afternoon thunderstorm, a tree fell on this home in Edgewood. (East Pierce Fire & Rescue photo)

During Monday’s afternoon thunderstorm, a tree fell on this home in Edgewood. (East Pierce Fire & Rescue photo)

“They are still are on the scene cutting power at both ends to make sure they can take her out safely,” Sheehan said of utility workers at about 3:30 p.m.. “They’re taking all precautions.”

Downed trees and power outages were reported in several other areas including North Bend, Freeland, Bainbridge Island and Puyallup. In Edgewood, a tree came down on a house, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.

Though weather calmed down in the late afternoon, more rain and a chance of thunderstorms is still on its way tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

 

 

 

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