High winds continuing to cause headaches

Schools in Fife and Auburn opened two hour late Wednesday and Enumclaw and Kent schools were closed as people continued to deal with the aftermath of Tuesday’s windstorm.

Green River Community College also canceled classes. Muckleshoot Tribal School canceled Thursday classes, and the morning Headstart and Birth to Three programs.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory through 11 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 13) in parts of South King County and East Pierce County. Sustained winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts topping 50 mph are forecast in the foothills.

Tuesday’s storm knocked out power to thousands when trees and branches toppled onto power lines and roads.

Puget Sound Energy reported via Twitter on Wednesday that “due to worsening conditions overnight” electrical service in some parts of Pierce County would not be restored until Wednesday evening. Most Pierce County customers got power back by then, the company said late that night.

Some people in South King County might have to wait until noon Friday, the utility said.

“Estimated restoration times could change if high winds and unsafe conditions persist,” the utility said.

CenturyLink reported that about 900 of its customers were without Internet and land-line phone service in Ashford and Morton. It advised residents to use their cell phones to report emergencies or to drive to the nearest fire or sheriff’s station to do so. Service was restored late Wednesday afternoon, the company said.

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