Gusty wind, rain brings down trees, cuts power to thousands – KIRO 7 News Seattle

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Heavy winds and rain killed trees, blocked roads and cut power in the Puget Sound region overnight and through Tuesday, and gusty conditions are expected to continue throughout the day.

Several utilities in West Washington are reporting outages with thousands of unpowered customers.

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Due to the strong winds, Seattle Public Schools will implement plans for an indoor lunch on Tuesday. Health protocols are followed. For more information on the district’s bad weather response, please visit this link.

Schools in Pierce County’s Bethel School District, Des Moines Elementary in the Highline School District, and Seattle University Prep are all closed Tuesday due to power outages in the area.

Trees fell overnight in several places in Renton, causing problems on the roads. Power lines have been cut in the Benson Hill neighborhood.

A large tree fell over in the Renton Highlands at the Windsor apartment complex, not far from the QFC and nearby Safeway. The tree slides sideways into the residential complex.

King County Road Services reported that parts of several roads were blocked by fallen trees Tuesday morning.

The overnight windy weather also caused a tree to topple near Big Finn Hill Park in Kirkland.

Spectator George Dremousis said the tree fell about 20 feet in front of his car. The tree appeared to have destroyed some power lines. According to Puget Sound Energy, there is an outage in Finn Hill, with the epicenter near St. Edwards State Park.

Rain will rejuvenate to showers. It has been windy all night in the foothills, but the south wind is blanket with gusts around 40-45 in the Puget Sound area, stronger north and coast. Isolated T-storms are possible. #NickKnows #wawx pic.twitter.com/DQiJrW8ceN

– Nick Allard (@ NickAllardKIRO7) November 9, 2021

Power lines that came down blocked a road in Kent and a fallen tree blocked roads in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood.

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TUESDAY FORECAST

A front moves east of the area with breezy to windy weather everywhere.

There will be wind warnings for the coast, the Puget Sound area and the northern inland until approximately 4 p.m., but all high wind warnings have been canceled.

The winds picked up a lot early Tuesday with gusts inland gusting around 40 to 47 mph and now things have withdrawn a bit. However, the showers will continue to increase and could help to mix in some stronger gusts again.

Most of the area is in the 20 to 35 mph range with gusts of 40 to possibly 45 mph. As the showers increase, the thunderstorm risk area also becomes large. Thunderstorms are best on the coast and can be strong to severe.

Snow in the mountains will be mostly over 3,500 feet thick, with Stevens Pass, Mount Baker, Paradise, and Hurricane Ridge receiving 6 to 12 inches of snow Tuesday. Snoqualmie Pass might get a little less if rain mixes in, but traveling on I-90 could be a chore on Tuesdays at times. The depth of snow will decrease as the day progresses, starting above Snoqualmie.

LOOKING AHEAD

There will be a break Tuesday night through Wednesday and there might be some sunshine too. It can rain lightly on Wednesday, but there is no significant rain in most areas.

On Thursday a warm front moves north with light rain at times over the day. Heavy rain comes Thursday night and lasts until Friday, coupled with an atmospheric flow.

This will bring more than an inch of rain into lowland areas and more into the mountains, with rain reaching up to 7,000 feet in altitude. This will cause the river level to rise, but we need to see if the rivers could get close to the flood stage as we get closer. On Saturday we could see somewhat drier weather with only a few showers, with increasing rain on Sunday.


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