Strong winds blamed for 2 deaths in Seattle area

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Quarter-million without power as Pacific Northwest jolted by wind.

Powerful winds toppled trees and power lines across the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, causing two deaths in the Seattle area and knocking out electricity to nearly 500,000 customers. Trees, already stressed by dry conditions, still have their leaves, which makes them more likely to fall when strong winds blow. ‘If it just hits one part of our service area, you can maybe send crews down from another area.

But this is a service-area-wide event,’ said Christina Donegan, a spokeswoman for Puget Sound Energy, which reported 224,000 customers without power by early evening. Other Seattle-area utilities — Seattle City Lights, Snohomish County Public Utility District and Tacoma Public Utilities — estimated more than 240,000 outages between them.

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