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December 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM

170K customers without power across Western Washington

A telephone pole's lines lean precariously against a light pole on Pontius Ave. N. and Denny Way, causing the road to be closed from close to Pontius Ave. N and Yale Ave. in Seattle on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. The National Weather service has predicted 20-40 mph winds with gusts of up to 60mph in the Seattle metro area Thursday evening and has predicted the Washington coast will see gusts of up to 75 mph. The South Sound had reached gusts up to 55 mph at 8 p.m and more than 100,000 people were without power across Western Washington. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

A telephone pole’s lines lean precariously against a light pole on Pontius Ave. N. and Denny Way, causing the road to be closed from close to Pontius Ave. N and Yale Ave. in Seattle on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. The National Weather service has predicted 20-40 mph winds with gusts of up to 60mph in the Seattle metro area Thursday evening and has predicted the Washington coast will see gusts of up to 75 mph. The South Sound had reached gusts up to 55 mph at 8 p.m and more than 100,000 people were without power across Western Washington. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Update at 10:25 p.m.: More than 11,400 Seattle City Light customers are without power as wind whips through the region Thursday night. Multiple outages are affecting more than 170,000 customers in Western Washington.

The National Weather Service recorded wind gusts of 48 mph at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday night, but flight delays have not yet been reported.

Wind speed in the mountains dropped drastically by 10 p.m. The weather service reported gusts of up to 72 mph at Crystal Mountain, down from a high of 93 mph at 8 p.m. Mount Baker wind speeds dropped from 61 mph gusts to 54 mph.

Update at 9:15 p.m.: About 7,600 customers are in the dark in Seattle after strong winds downed power lines and trees. Multiple outages are affecting more than 160,000 customers in Western Washington.

The National Weather Service recorded wind gusts of 50 mph at Seattle’s Alki Beach, 61 mph on Camano Island and 58 mph at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Wind speeds at the Highway 520 bridge are 36 mph with gusts up to 51 mph. The bridge will be closed if 50 mph gusts are sustained for 15 minutes.

In Seattle, downed wires at Denny Way and Pontius Avenue North are blocking all lanes, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

In Redmond, scaffolding fell in the 8300 block of 160th Avenue Northeast. There were no injuries, but the roadway was closed, the Redmond Police Department reported.

Update at 8 p.m.: Strong winds are starting to blow closer to the Seattle area.

In Bellevue, gusts reached 46 mph, and 34 mph gusts were reported near Seattle’s Capitol Hill  neighborhood.

About 45,000 Puget Sound Energy customers, 22,000 Tacoma Public Utilities customers, 56,993 Clark Public Utilities and 170 Seattle City Light customers are without power.

All Camano Island residents are without power, according to Snohomish County Public Utilities District. Gusts reached 61 mph on the island at 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service reported 48 mph gusts at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, though no flights have been delayed because of weather, Port of Seattle spokesman Perry Cooper said.

The Port Tounsend-Coupeville ferry route is out of service because of high winds and rough seas. The 7:30 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. sailings from Coupeville and the 8:30 p.m. sailing from Port Townsend are canceled.

Original post: More than 100,000 people are without power across Western Washington as strong winds blow through the region.

Puget Sound Energy reported that 34,910 customers were without power at 7 p.m. Thursday. The outages are concentrated in the South Sound, where gusts reached up to 55 mph, according to the National Weather Service. About 1,000 customers in Auburn lost power around 6:40 p.m.

In Clark County, 62,000 customers are without power, according to Clark Public Utilities. Multiple outages have been reported on Fox Island and near Gig Harbor, according to the Gig Harbor Police Department.

The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind warning for the Puget Sound area until 4 a.m. Friday.

Related: Wet, windy storm moving through region

Photos: Gusty weather hits Western Washington

 

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