Carport ripped from Pierce County home, hail Sunday; 80-degree temperatures later this week

Staff writerApril 27, 2014 

Pierce County residents reporting pea-size hail near Puyallup on Sunday might be glad to know the region should be sunny and near 80 degrees by Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

"This is typical springlike weather,” Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg said about the hail Sunday. “We get these thunderstorms that pop up. We’re starting to transition from winter into summer. The air gets unstable.”

He said the Weather Service had reports Sunday of hail a quarter-inch in diameter 10 miles south of Puyallup and five miles west and south of the city.

Strong winds in Eatonville about 5:45 p.m. ripped a carport off a house and threw it about 100 feet from the home, knocking out a powerline there, Mayor Mike Schaub said.

“No one hurt, but the residents had a front row seat to it,” he said, adding that the city also had hail. “Crazy weather patterns.”

About a two block radius where it happened near Madison Avenue South and Center Street East lost power until shortly before 10 p.m., he said.

There were reports that a funnel cloud or tornado caused the damage, but the mayor said he wasn’t sure what the winds would be classified as. The Weather Service had only secondhand reports of the possible tornado.

There was a chance of showers and thunderstorms through Sunday evening, Burg said, and Monday was expected to be partly sunny with a high near 60 degrees.

“Tuesday, that’s when things will start to warm up,” Burg said.

Tuesday’s high was forecast to be 71 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, 79 Wednesday, and 81 Thursday. That would tie the May Day record of 81 measured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in 1998, according to the Weather Service.

Spraygrounds at Tacoma parks — playgrounds with water features for kids to cool off — aren’t scheduled to open until May 3.

The warm temperatures weren’t expected to last through the weekend.

Friday night through the rest of the weekend was forecast to be cloudy with a chance of showers, Burg said.

“We’re expecting cooler air to move in,” he said.

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