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September 29, 2013 at 2:43 PM
A day after record rains drenched Western Washington, the region was pelted by more precipitation along with gusty winds from a storm the National Weather Service said had the potential to be one of the strongest ever in September.
The service issued a “high wind warning” for much of Western Washington from 5 p.m. Sunday to 4 a.m. Monday. Winds from the south could increase up to 35 miles per hour with gusts hitting 60 miles per hour. The service said the wind warning affects Kingston through Seattle to Bremerton.
By 8:30 p.m., winds had picked up in the Seattle area from a steady blow of about 10 miles an hour to 15 miles an hour, with gusts at Boeing Field up up to 24 miles per hour. Bellevue was experiencing steady winds of around 18 miles an hour, with gusts topping 30 mph.
At aptly named Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula, the weather service reported gusts of up to 85 miles per hour.
The winds moving through Puget Sound could be strong enough to down trees, topple power lines and damage property.
“Explosive development is taking place with a low pressure center that will make landfall this evening somewhere between the far north Washington Coast and central Vancouver Island this evening,” the weather service web site reported.
The region’s transportation agencies were encouraging vigilance and preparation for the Monday morning commute.
“Allow plenty of follow distance. Allow plenty of time in the morning,” said Tom Pearce, spokesman for the Washington State Department of Transportation.
He suggested visiting the agency’s Web site, www.wsdot.wa.gov, before heading out in the morning commute.
Monday is also the first day of the new fall bus schedule. Jeff Switzer, a spokesman for King County Metro, encouraged riders to sign up for transit alerts via email at Metro’s Web site, metro.kingcounty.gov, to keep tabs on route disruptions. And, like Pearce, he suggested getting an early start to deal with potential weather-related delays.
“We want people to always pad their schedules a bit,” Switzer said.
Even before the high wind warning went into effect, the region was dealing with weather challenges. By early afternoon, the winds whipped up Puget Sound, leading to cancellations in the afternoon of ferry routes from Port Townsend and Coupeville.
Seattle City Light spokesman Scott Thomsen said the wind storm posed a particular problem this early in the fall, when many trees still have leaves to catch the wind and place additional stress on the branches.
“There’s more movement, so there’s more of a chance for branches to fall or be swept into power lines,” Thomsen said. “It’s a bad combination.”
Puget Sound Energy reported that it had 42 four-person crews at the ready, along with 12 two-man power-line crews, 35 tree crews and 75 service linemen as reports of increasing winds along the coast as the low-pressure area storm moved inland.
And while Saturday’s rains had subsided by Sunday morning, new showers were set to douse the region once again. The weather service issued flood warnings for Lewis, Mason and Pierce counties. The Puyallup River near Orting, which receded in the early hours Sunday after rising just above flood stage, was expected to surpass flood levels again Sunday evening.
The wind and rain come a day after records were shattered for the region. Rainfall at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hit 1.71 inches on Saturday, more than twice the previous record of 0.83 of an inch for that day set in 1948.
The rains knocked out power to 20,000 customers on Saturday, though the vast majority of them had power restored by Sunday morning. Puget Sound Energy reported that four substations knocked out of service by Saturday’s rainstorm were restored by 10 p.m. Saturday.
Firefighters in Kitsap County dealt with twice as many calls on Saturday, dealing mostly with wind-related storm damage such as downed trees and a sailboat in distress. By Sunday morning, the calls had calmed, but firefighters were preparing for the next round of storms.
“Things are very quiet (this morning),” said Mike Mock, a lieutenant with North Kitsap Fire and Rescue. “We’re chalking it up to the quiet before the storm.”
September 5, 2013 at 8:10 AM
UPDATE: 12:15 p.m. | Enjoy the midday respite from rain. It’s not going to last.
After a morning soaking that dropped more than a half-inch of rain in some Puget Sound spots in just a couple of hours, the rainfall is taking a break.
It could resume in time for this afternoon’s commute, said Brent Bower of the National Weather Service. More certain, Bower said, is the likelihood of heavy rain overnight and well into tomorrow.
That’s when the main storm system, now parked off the Oregon Coast, is expected to arrive.
So keep those slickers and umbrellas handy, because rainfall totals for tonight and early tomorrow could reach 1 to 2 inches in the Puget Sound lowlands, and as much as 4 inches in the Cascades.
As of noon, Edmonds had had .6 inches of rain today, Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood had .5 inches and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had .26 inches.
A flood watch has been issued in Western Washington from noon today until 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Sea-Tac, where the area’s official readings are taken, had just 2.65 inches of rain in the entire June-July-August period. The rainiest Sept. 5 recorded there was in 1984, when .36 inches fell — a reading that could easily be topped today.
With all the rain, temperatures are expected to take a slight dip, with today’s high only in the low 70s. Temperatures tomorrow are expected to be in the upper 60s.
Earlier today, a motorcyclist was lucky to have survived after being struck by lightning while riding along I-5 near Chehalis, according to our news partner KING5.
The approaching storm has prompted Seattle city officials to warn construction crews to inspect and maintain storm drain “socks,” temporary inserts often used to capture sediment from construction projects.
“The predicted weather system will not be huge by winter storm season standards, but for a time of the year that is normally dry it will be powerful,” said Seattle Public Utilities meteorologist James Rufo-Hill.
For the latest forecast, go to the National Weather Service web site.
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May 27, 2013 at 9:48 AM
Broken bridge removal begins: The removal of the two cars that plunged into the water along with pieces of the broken bridge has begun. State officials say a new bridge over the Skagit River north of Mount Vernon could open by mid-June. It’s a temporary bridge, but even so, that’s darn fast. How many times have you driven over that bridge. Hundreds of times probably.
Burglary and a fire: A house in North Seattle was burglarized and then neighbors saw smoke coming from the home. Police still looking to see if there’s a connection.
Baby put in freezer: What a terrible story this is. A man in Pierce County put an infant in a freezer because the baby wouldn’t stop crying. The child was in the freezer for up to and hour. The baby is going to be OK. The man was arrested.
Memorial Day brings rain and the chance to remember the sacrifices made by the men and women who died serving in our armed forces. You’ll find a few of the events marking the occasion here. You might also want to read Hal Bernton’s story on the mother of a fallen Green Beret who turned a bed and breakfast into a refuge for grieving military families.
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com:
- Electronics outsourcing weakened Boeing’s control over 787’s crucial systems
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- Dan Savage at Midlife: ‘It’s … “grawful”?’ |Nicole Brodeur
- I-5 bridge to reopen in mid-June
- A little fractured thinking over I-5 bridge collapse | The Wrap / Ron Judd
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May 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM
Here’s a look at the sky over Seattle as Monday’s storm blew through town Monday afternoon.
The view is what was seen through the eye of the camera perched atop The Seattle Times.
Quite a show.
November 20, 2012 at 7:06 AM
Who’s most prone to get the flu in our state: More than 8,700 Washington state workers were surveyed and janitors/cleaners and “secretaries” are most likely to exhibit flu-like symptoms, our news partner the Public Data Ferret is reporting. The scientific study comes from researchers at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and the University of Washington. Who’s most likely not to get the flu? Truck drivers, technicians and construction laborers. (PC alert! The survey report actually uses the word “secretaries,” which we know isn’t exactly politically correct, so substitute it with administrative assistant, please.)
Are you dry yet? Rain records everywhere. How ’bout that 5 inches in recent days in Bremerton? It’s supposed to be rainy and a bit windy this afternoon, but nothing like the mess we saw yesterday, thank goodness. Thanksgiving is expected to be a lot drier than we’ve seen so far. Nice.
The saddest part of this whole ordeal is the news that a Seattle hunter died when a tree fell on his tent in Oregon. He was with family and friends when it happened, but the only one in the tent when that tree came crashing down, killing him instantly, according to Oregon Live.
When Washington’s small towns disappeared in times past, the loss of their financial base was often the reason. Timber towns, for example. Gold Bar was one of those timber towns that hung on when the timber trade faded away. Well, it’s on the brink of collapse now, and financial issues are to blame. Things are a bit messier, though. See our story by Emily Heffter for the details.
Stories trending this morning on seattletimes.com:
October 1, 2012 at 7:11 AM
Weather: What the heck. A high of 73 today. Now, that’s good. But a high of only 58 tomorrow. That must be a mistake. That darn well better be a mistake. … OK, it’s fall and yeah, yeah, it’s October, but we’ve been spoiled for sure. Skies clear or partly sunny, though. We’ll take that. The National Weather Service forecast.
SPEEA vote tally late today: And the members of the union representing white-collar engineers at Boeing may well reject the company’s contract offer. At least all signs are pointing in that direction by the 23,000 local members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA). Seattle Times Boeing reporter Dominic Gates is covering the vote.
Gas prices … now here’s a surprise: The average gas price in the state is still more than $4 a gallon. The AAA of Washington says today the price is $4.03. That’s up a penny from a week ago and a full quarter above the national average. The AAA’s numbers: Bellingham $4.13, Bremerton $4.03, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $4.05, Tacoma $4.03, Olympia $4.03, Vancouver $4.01, Yakima $4, Tri-Cities $3.97, and Spokane $3.90.
Ferry fares actually go down: The state ferry system ends its peak-season ferry surcharges on three runs today — Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and Kingston, according to The Kitsap Sun. The cost goes from $16.40 to $13.15 each way for a car and driver. Southworth-Fauntleroy will drop from $20.90 to $16.75 per round trip. More information is at the state’s website.
Hey, how about those Seahawks: Oops … Seahawks throw their chances away in St. Louis. But the Storm – Seattle Storm extends season with double-overtime victory.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
September 17, 2012 at 6:49 AM
Weather: Nice weather expected today and for the next several days — nice like temperatures in the low 80s and maybe the mid-80s tomorrow! Clear skies ahead too. Keep those flip-flops a-floppin’. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Teens die in falls while hiking: Two teens from Federal Way fell last night when they tried to climb a rock at Otter Falls near North Bend. One of the four teens in the group ran to get help for his brother and the other injured teen. By the time rescuers arrived, the boys had died.
New digs for students at the UW coming up: The University of Washington will dish out some $200 million to build new residence halls and apartments to get more students to live on campus. Did you live on campus when you went to college? See the story by Seattle Times staff reporter Katherine Long.
Noah’s Ark, geology and creationism: Can rocks tell the story of Noah’s Ark? UW geologist David Montgomery has written a new book, ”The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood,” which takes on the argument between science and some Christians over the nature of creation. Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn has a Q&A with Montgomery that digs into the topic.
High school’s bleachers destroyed in Montesano. What’s this all about? A fire did the damage about 10 p.m. yesterday. Apparently it was quite visible in the area. No one hurt and no information yet on how it started.
July 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM
June 27, 2012 at 7:30 AM
Weather: We’re on our way to a 73-degree day, and if we don’t make it, some of us will eat our hats. OK, not really, but it is supposed to be a clear, sunny and warm Wednesday. Sorry that we have to remind everyone that it is summer… Don’t get too comfortable, though. Light rain is forecast for the next four days. Yippee! The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
The mass shooting outside a Federal Way bar: Seven people shot, one dead. Police say they have a shooter in custody. It goes without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway. Some of us find it difficult to imagine a world where one’s position in an argument is so vital that gunfire would ever, ever be an answer.
Public money for a new arena: yes or no? Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin is the first elected official to oppose the proposed sports arena in Sodo, so once again we’d like to hear from you on the matter. Vote in our poll.
How about the Storm? Five wins in a row… Gotta like that.
Pontoon cracks: So even before they’re put to use, pontoons destined to be used in the new 520 bridge have cracks in them. No, wait, these are more cracks. The state Transportation Department says the new cracks were found last week while cracks made earlier by cables were being fixed.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
- Facebook draws user ire with email switcheroo
- NBA draft: Washington’s loss of Terrence Ross, Tony Wroten inspires conflicting emotions |Jerry Brewer
- McGinn’s South Lake Union rezone plan has towers up to 400 feet
- Plenty of asparagus, few workers to pick it
- Riding on the Seattle Great Wheel | Picture This
March 14, 2012 at 6:06 AM
The Associated Press
Forecasters have issued a winter storm warning for the Cascades for today and tomorrow that could bring a lot of snow to the mountains.
Snoqualmie and Stevens passes could see 1 to 2 feet of fresh snow by Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
Accumulations of 2 to 3 feet are expected above 4,500 feet in the Cascades.
Forecasters also expect snow Wednesday along the Hood Canal, the east slopes of the Cascades and the mountains of Eastern Washington.
The Weather Service says the pattern of cool showery weather is likely to continue in Washington for the rest of winter, at least.
Spring starts on Tuesday — on the calendar, anyway.
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