Powerful Northwest storm causes fallen trees, power outages

Powerful Northwest storm causes fallen trees, power outages

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Damage at a car dealership in Kirkland

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on November 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

SEATTLE - Thousands of residents in the Northwest are without power as a powerful November storm rolls through the area.

The SR 520 floating bridge was closed because of high winds and waves. The State Patrol said the bridge would be closed for a couple of hours.

Some people abandoned their cars on the bridge.

Troopers were escorting pedestrians to the east side off the bridge. The cars on the EB lanes were being driven off.

The Department of Transportation said criteria for closing the bridge to traffic and opening the draw span is 50 mph gusts sustained for 15 minutes. When a 40 mph gust is sustained for one minute, a warning alarm calls crews to the bridge for inspection and monitoring.

DOT says they make every attempt to reduce disruption to drivers but in an emergency they have to close the bridge quickly.

Puget Sound Energy said that more than 50,000 customers are without power in various parts of Western Washington. The utility said strong winds were taking down branches and trees, triggering the outages. Seattle City Light reported outages affecting about 17,000 customers.

A 48-year-old Granite Falls man was seriously injured when a tree fell on his car on SR 203 and a 2-year-old was hurt when a branch fell from a tree at Roosevelt Way NE and NE 42nd street in Seattle.

Eastbound US 2 was closed between Zeke's Drive-In and Anderson Creek Bridge because of trees in down in the road.

The National Weather Service issued a wind warning for much of Saturday covering coastal areas in Washington and Oregon. Forecasters said wind gusts could be up to 65 mph. Slightly weaker winds are expected in areas like Seattle to the mountains.

A wind advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. for the Southwest Interior, East Puget Sound Lowlands, Seattle/Bremerton Area, Tacoma area and the Lower Chehalis Valley area.

As the storm moves through, elevations above 2,500 feet are expected to get between six and 11 inches of snow in a 12-hour period.


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