Another powerful storm brought heavy rain and high winds to Western Washington overnight Sunday into Monday.
A number of customers around Puget Sound were without power Monday morning and schools in Orting were delayed two hours due to an outage.
- 1,100 Tahuya peninsula customers w/out power west of belfair, cause by downed trees, poles and power lines
- 7,000 orting customers without power, caused by a transmission line that may have shorted, power should be restored soon
- As of 4 a.m., 4922 PSE customers without power at more than 137 locations
The wind warning has ended, but morning thunderstorms were possible Monday.
The unusual September windstorm brought strong winds and heavy rain overnight. A high wind warning was issued from 5 p.m. Sunday thorough 4 a.m. Monday. Winds from 20 to 35 mph and gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected.
The National Weather Service says a weekend storm has made for the wettest September on record in Olympia and the second-wettest in Seattle.
By 3 a.m. Monday the rainfall total at Olympia was 7.98 inches, breaking the old record of 7.59 set in September of 1978. The normal for the month is 1.71 in Olympia.
At Sea-Tac Airport, the monthly total by 3 a.m. Monday was 5.60 inches, second to 5.95 inches in September 1978. Normal for the month is 1.50 inches.
The totals are more like the totals for December and January.
Saturday was the wettest September day in Seattle since 1891, when record-keeping began. Seattle had 1.71 inches of rain. The monthly normal is 1.50 inches.
New daily records set Sept. 28:
- Olympia – 2.93 inches
- NOAA Seattle at Sandpoint – 1.31 inches
- Hoquiam – 1.79 inches
A stronger weather system pounded Western Washington Sunday night.
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“As the rain increases, strong and damaging winds will pick up with peak gusts of 60 mph+ possible along the coast and in the northwest interior,” said KING 5 Meteorologist Lisa Van Cise.
A high wind warning is in effect from 3 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday for all coastal areas in Grays Harbor County, including Aberdeen and Hoquiam. Sustained winds are expected to be 20-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph, possibly reaching 75 mph on the north coast. (GUST MAP)
Because leaves are still on trees, the high winds are likely to bring down trees and power lines and cause power outages.
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Rainfall totals by Monday night could reach more than 4 inches in the lowlands and 6-12 inches in the mountains.
Rivers will be rising and we could see some flooding on some of the more flood prone rivers. A flood watch is in place for much of Western Washington and a flood warning has been issued for the Puyallup River near Orting, the Newaukum River near Chehalis and the Skokomish River near Potlatch.
The coast will be battered by 27 to 30-foot waves, which could lead to some beach erosion. The National Weather Service warns against going to the beaches to watch the waves.
On Monday, one to two feet of snow in the Cascades could make travel treacherous. A winter storm watch is in effect from Sunday evening through late Monday for the Cascades above 4,000 feet.
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