Wild winds knocked down trees and power lines throughout Thurston County and the region Friday, but were expected to die down by Saturday.
At one point, sustained winds were reaching 25-30 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph, which caused problems for trees standing in rain-soaked soils.
A fallen tree blocked part of northbound Interstate 5 at the Pacific Avenue on-ramp in Olympia on Friday morning. Another tree narrowly missed hitting the Olympia Fire Department’s headquarters at 100 Eastside St. NE. Firefighters were outside Friday cleaning up the damage.
Puget Sound Energy reported outages throughout the county. By 1:30 p.m. Friday, more than 100 outages had been reported in the area. Some outages affected one or two customers, while others — such as ones in Tumwater and areas of south Thurston County — were more widespread.
With the eye of the storm parked off the Washington coast, coastal communities were under a high wind warning for most of Friday, with sustained winds forecast to hit 35 to 45 mph from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Destruction Island, 3 miles off the coast south of La Push, clocked sustained winds of 66 mph.
A 102 mph gust was reported at Crystal Summit in the Cascades (elevation 6,830 feet) at 12:22 p.m.
Sound Transit said Friday afternoon its train lines north of Edmonds were running at slower speeds because of high winds.
Earlier Friday, a tree limb struck an Oregon man, killing him, and about 200,000 were without power in that state.
Winds throughout the region will die down over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Showers are likely Saturday in Thurston County, with winds of about 10 mph. Sunday’s forecast is mostly cloudy with winds 5 to 11 mph.