Roughly 450 of the island’s Puget Sound Energy customers were without power at 8 a.m. Tuesday after the first major windstorm of the season blew through the area late Monday afternoon.
The storm triggered a high wind warning for most of Western Washington and the largest outages Tuesday were reported in Ellisport where 207 were without power and in Reddings Beach where 119 were without power. Restoration times for both areas was estimated at midnight today, Wednesday.
Power outages peaked with the strongest wind gusts around 6 p.m. Monday when Puget Sound Energy’s outage map reported more than 1,000 customers without power, including 937 at Vashon’s north end. Winds died down around 7 p.m. and crews worked through the night to restore power to most at the north end by midnight Tuesday.
Wind gusts as high as 52 mph at SeaTac and 68 mph at West Point in Seattle were reported Monday.
The National Weather Service is forecasting calmer, but wet weather the rest of the week. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to high 40s with lows in the low 40s. Between one-quarter and one-half inch of rain can fall today, Wednesday, but the rain will taper off as the week progresses.
This week’s windstorm is a reminder that islanders should be prepared for possible outages by checking batteries in radios, flashlights and cell phones, stocking up on easy-to-cook food and water, preparing to stay warm, making sure cars are filled up with gasoline and checking generators.
For more information on being prepared for storms and other natural disasters, visit vashonbeprepared.org.