Update as of 7:30 a.m.: TPU reports 130 homes in Roy remain without power. Crews continue to work to restore electricity.
Story: A windstorm knocked down trees and cut power Thursday across Pierce County.
Tacoma Power reported about 22,500 customers without power at one point, between the North End of Tacoma and Frederickson. About 3,000 customers, most in Frederickson, had yet to be restored by about 10 p.m.
The National Weather Service said gusts reached about 60 mph at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, and were expected to stop by Friday.
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“After midnight, things should die down for places south of Seattle,” meteorologist Johnny Burg said. “It looks to be partly sunny, but dry for the weekend. Maybe a little breezy on Sunday.”
The Weather Service said many trees could pull loose from soil that has been softened by several days of rain, but there was less precipitation Thursday than earlier in the week.
Sea-Tac Airport got about 0.27 inches of rain Thursday, the Weather Service said.
A tree went through a roof near 117th Street Northwest and Peacock Hill Avenue Northwest, Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One said. No one was injured.
Troopers were busy responding to debris calls during the storm and warned drivers to be on the lookout for downed trees and limbs, Washington State Patrol spokesman Guy Gill said.
Tacoma Power said it had 1,500 people without power in University Place and Lakewood, 1,300 near Waller Road Elementary School, 1,800 on Mountain Highway, and 1,200 in South Tacoma.
Peninsula Light Company reported scattered outages on Fox Island and on the Key Peninsula.
The Pierce County Emergency Operations Center opened about 2:30 p.m. to monitor the storm, and sent some sandbags to Browns Point, where a high tide and the wind caused a tidal surge. The waves didn’t cause serious damage.
High winds closed Fantasy Lights Wednesday and Thursday in Spanaway, Pierce County officials said.
Meteorologists issued a high wind warning for Western Washington. The Weather Service clocked a wind gust of 66 mph at Naselle in southwest Washington.
Forecasters said it might have beenthe biggest windstorm since one in 2006 knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of utility customers in Western Washington, some for more than a week.
Puget Sound Energy said it had increased staffing for the storm.