Update 9:25 a.m.: Seattle City Light says that two customers in Burien remain without power this morning. A City Light spokesman said power is expected to restored shortly before 11:30 a.m. Update 7 a.m.: Seattle City Light estimates about 3,500 customers are still without power in Northeast Seattle after a tree caused an outage. Seattle City Light said power…More
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Power crews from Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy are working to restore power to thousands of customers after high winds swept through the area early this morning, causing weather-related outages. In Seattle, 28,000 customers lost power when high winds rolled through around 5 a.m., but within a couple hours, power had been restored to…More
Get ready to be blown away by the weather this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind watch for the Seattle area, saying the region can expect winds of 20 to 35 miles per hour beginning this evening with gusts of 45 to 50 miles per hour after midnight. There will be a lull in…More
UPDATE 12:10 pm.: One of the businesses hit by the tornado is FPS EnCon, which produces semi-circular concrete liners for the Highway 99 tunnel project in Seattle.
Matt Delp, who works as a fabricator at EnCon where rebar cages are assembled, said that just before the tornado hit, “Everything went silent, then it went boom.”
He said he could barely move under the pressure of the tornado and when he could, he got down low.
UPDATE 11:45: A Boeing spokesman said one of the company’s buildings at Frederickson received slight damage, and workers had been told to ”shelter in place” during the peak of the winds.
That order was lifted by late this morning. Workers at the plant were being advised to report for their regular shifts, but to use caution because branches and other debris was still being cleared from the road near the building,
UPDATE 9 a.m. : The tornado ripped a hole of 10 to 12 feet across at a Northwest Door manufacturing plant on Canyon Road in Frederickson. An employee in the company’s Tacoma office said power was out at the Frederickson location and debris was scattered over a wide area. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
UPDATE 8:30 A.M.: A tornado that damaged roofs and rail cars was reported about 7 a.m. in the Frederickson, Pierce
County, area. Steve Reedy of the National Weather Service said the tornado appears to have been isolated, and not part of widespread wind and rain crossing over the Puget Sound area. The area impacted by the tornado is southeast of Tacoma.
The tornado was reported to have damaged a Boeing manufacturing site. A Boeing spokesman who did not know the extent of damage said the facility produces aluminum wing components for a variety of aircraft models, as well as composite parts for the 777 and 787.More
The Associated Press Forecasters say a cold front that moved into the Northwest overnight will bring more winds, rain and mountain snow today to Western Washington and a mix of rain and snow in Eastern Washington. One overnight gust of 52 mph was recorded at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and the National Weather Service says…More
High winds strong enough to snap tree branches and cause power outages are expected to roll through Western Washington Monday. Gusts of up to 55 mph, with sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph, are forecast for the Central Puget Sound area under a “Wind Advisory” issued Sunday night by the National Weather Service. The strongest…More
High winds, high surf, steady rain and heavy snow in the mountains are the expected hallmarks of a storm that has already begun moving into Western Washington. By 8 a.m., some areas along the coast were already recording gusts of 50 mph. Winds that strong are also expected around the Bellingham and possibly as far south as Everett’s Paine Field as the…More
The Associated Press The strongest storm of the season so far in Washington has brought high winds, heavy mountain snow and power outages in south King and Thurston counties. Wind gusts early this morning hit 60 mph on the coast and 55 mph in the south Puget Sound area, said meteorologist Ted Buehner in Seattle. Winds of 35…More
It’s called December. After a soggy Sunday that produced more than triple the normal rainfall, Western Washington is getting only a slight break before the next storm – one that could produce power outages overnight and snarl the Tuesday morning commute. Winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 are expected shortly after midnight along the…More
Rain showers and a few thunderstorms are expected here today and tomorrow, but the system that made such a mess yesterday has headed to the Oregon Coast, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle. The thunderstorms, along with some wind, are on the Washington Coast this morning and the Weather Service is watching to see if they…More