As predicted, the region is experiencing a host of hassles this weekend wrought by winds and steady rain that could make this the wettest September in Seattle since 1978.
By mid-afternoon on Saturday – with the worst still expected to come – there were:
Power outages, although scattered, due to broken tree limbs and other causes.
Puget Sound Energy reported 2,788 out of power in the Somerset area of Bellevue (cause undetermined); 1050 out of power in Mount Vernon (mostly restored); 1175 customers without power in Juanita (about two-thirds restored) and 805 customers on Bainbridge Island out of power (all restored).
Fender benders all over the place — on Interstates 5 and 405, as well as State Routes 520 and 99. The State Patrol recommended the obvious – drive carefully and give yourself space between cars.
A number of rivers listed on a flood watch by the National Weather Service, but with only the Skokomish River on the southeastern slopes of the Olympic Mountains almost certain to exceed the flood stage, said meteorologist Andy Haner. “But it’s the most flood-prone river in Western Washington,” he said.
Flooded streets and parking lots, although that didn’t seem to faze the locals.
At the Canyon Ridge Plaza in Kent, where Target and other stores are located, 104th Avenue Southeast was closed with the water reaching half-way up the door of a car.
But as Laura Allie, a cashier at Party City, which, as its name states, sells party supplies, explained, “People just drive down to another entrance.”
Andy Haner, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said that rain was expected in the Seattle area through 11 p.m. Saturday, with three-fourths to 1 ¼ inches of rain. He said the Cascades could get 2 to 5 inches of rain on Saturday but that the rain would lessen in the Seattle area Sunday, to a total of three-quarters of an inch.
The Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Seattle for late Sunday afternoon and into the evening, with winds of 40 miles an hour and gusts to 60 miles an hour.
Haner said that those who haven’t brought their garbage cans in from the sidewalk should do so or they “might see them sailing down the street.”