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Category: Wild weather


Storm causes power outages in Pierce, King counties

UPDATE as of 3:30 p.m. The 1100 block of Shaw Road is closed, and crews do not know when it will open.

A tree and power lines fell across cars in a parking lot at the west entrance to Green River Community College in Auburn, according to the school. Classes have been canceled due to a power outage. The Kent and Enumclaw campuses are running as scheduled.

INITIAL POST: This afternoon’s brief storm knocked power out to thousands of homes and businesses in Pierce and King counties.

Puget Sound Energy said a widespread outage was reported about 2 p.m.

It is affecting

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Winds gusting as high as 50 mph today with possible thunderstorm

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory, warning that winds could gust up to 50 miles per hour today and tonight.

The advisory is in effect from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Tacoma, Olympia, Seattle, Everett, Bremerton, Shelton and Chehalis.

Forecasters said a cold front will move across the area this morning bringing southwest winds of 15 to 30 mph with 50 mph gusts.

Power outages and broken tree branches could accompany the storm, the Weather Service said.

Rain and thunderstorms are expected to last through the night, with possible snow showers before 11 a.m. Thursday. Any

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High winds, rain to hit Western Washington this week

A “vigorous” incoming storm is expected to bring strong winds and rain to Western Washington through Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The special weather statement warns of southerly winds 15 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 45 mph.

Forecasters said the storm should hit Tuesday evening and continue through Thursday morning, bringing up to two inches of rain.

Tuesday’s high is supposed to be 50 degrees.


UPDATED: Snowmobilers stranded near Greenwater down safely

Update as of 6:57 a.m.: The snowmobilers have safely reached the snow park, where a King County search and rescue team set up base camp while searching for the stranded man and woman. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Initial post: Early this morning, a search and rescue team reached two snowmobilers stranded near Greenwater for two nights. They are expected to reach base camp around 7:30 a.m.

“Both people are said to be doing well at this point,” according to King County sheriff’s spokesman Charlie Akers.

Crews reached them about 11:30 p.m. and spent some time warming the man

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High wind warning in Tacoma today

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning in Tacoma, Olympia and Shelton through noon today.

Forecasters said 20-30 mph winds will gust up to 60 mph this morning. By mid-afternoon, the winds are expected to diminish to 15-30 mph gusting up to 45 mph.

Power outages, downed power lines and toppled trees are possible. Power outages have been reported in Gig Harbor, Auburn and Federal Way.

Today’s high is 41.


Blizzard warning in effect … but not for Tacoma area

Pierce County residents responding to our all-call tell us they got emergency alerts this afternoon about a blizzard from Tacoma, University Place, Spanaway and other lowland areas that the National Weather Service says are not expected to get blizzards. We also heard from Seattle-area residents who got the same alert.

Here’s a snapshot one reader sent from her phone in the Puyallup area:

According to the National Weather Service, the message sent was part of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, which started sending notifications across the country this year.

It seemingly refers to a blizzard warning

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High winds, rain accompany storm through Tuesday

A strong storm swinging through Western Washington tonight and Tuesday is expected to bring more rain and high winds, according to the National Weather Service.

A special weather statement says gusts up to 50 mph along the coast and north of Whidbey Island should hit this evening. In Tacoma, winds are predicted to remain around 17 mph and increase to 25 mph Tuesday afternoon.

Forecasters warn that the winds could produce downed trees and power outages.


UPDATED: Two stranded snowboarders located on Mount Rainier

UPDATE as of 4 p.m.: The men were reunited with their families about 3:30 p.m., and are having a “hearty meal” at the National Park Inn, park spokesman Kevin Bacher said.

UPDATE as of 12:33 p.m.: The men were found in the Upper Stevens Creek drainage about 11 a.m. Rescuers were warming them up with hot liquids while assessing the best way to get them off the mountain, park officials said.

“We are relieved to have found Derek and Thomas,” incident commander Stefan Lofgren said. “The health and safety of not only our lost subjects but all of our searchers has

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