Storms Caused Major Outages

pud3poweroutWeekend storms caused power outages in several neighborhoods throughout Mason County. At least 5300 customers were without electricity because of the strong thunderstorms. Extra crews were brought in to help restore power. The last neighborhoods to get the lights back on were along Cloquallum Rd, Old Farm Road and Star Lake.

The storm knocked out power to about 150,000 people in the Puget Sound region. About 10,000 were still without power on Sunday in King, Kitsap and Snohomish counties. Puget Sound Energy said it expected most people to have power restored by last night.

In addition to knocking down trees and knocking out power, the high winds on Saturday forced a temporary closure of the Highway 520 bridge across Lake Washington. The Washington State Patrol said drivers in about 50 cars abandoned their vehicles on the bridge for a period of time.

According to forecasters, a weakening front will move into the Pacific Northwest Monday into Tuesday. An accompaning plume of Pacific moisture will likewise move into the Northwest producing coastal rain that will expand inland on Monday. The system will produce rain and higher elevation snow over parts of the Pacific Northwest extending into the Northern Rockies on Tuesday.

November 4, 2013/KMAS News Radio

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