High winds knock out power, down trees

Staff writerFebruary 12, 2014 

wind sailboat 021214

Tim Sterling watches his sailboat that the strong winds blew off its anchors on Henderson Bay and beached on the Purdy sand spit early Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014. Sterling said he called the Coast Guard because "it looks like a bad shipwreck." But he said the boat is fine and he is waiting for the next tide to come in so he can put his boat back in the water.

DAVID MONTESINO — Staff photographer

UPDATE as of 10:30 a.m.:

Puget Sound Energy said crews have restored power to most customers, although about 7,000 remain without electricity. The hardest hit areas are in Bonney Lake, Yelm, Enumclaw and Black Diamond.

INITIAL POST: Heavy winds and rain in the Puget Sound region have knocked out power to thousands.

About 2,000 customers in Pierce, Kitsap and Thurston counties are without electricity, according to Puget Sound Energy. Agencies like Bonney Lake police are warning drivers to be careful on their morning commute because stoplights are down.

The Puyallup School District announced a two-hour delay because of an outage at Pope and Edgerton elementary schools. They also said there will be no morning kindergarten or preschool.

State Route 410 between Enumclaw and Greenwater is closed due to several downed trees and power lines. Officials could not say when it will reopen. UPDATE: SR 410 reopened about 9 a.m.

Winds up to 30 miles per hour developed this morning and should last through the early morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters said gusts are reaching 45 mph.

The News Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service