Warehouse roof in Kent collapses in rain

SEATTLE — Rain squalls that hit the Puget Sound region on Thursday afternoon not only snarled traffic but also collapsed a roof section at a commercial business in the south Seattle suburb of Kent.

Kent Fire Capt. Kyle Ohashi said no one was injured at the woodworking business warehouse where a 40-foot by 40-foot roof section failed. He said the collapse happened in a corner of the warehouse where drains were unable to keep up with the sudden downpour. Ohashi said a building inspector allowed employees to keep working in unaffected portions of the structure after he inspected the entire building and roof.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dana Felton said thunder and lightning accompanied a series of storm cells that hit an area from Olympia north to Snohomish County. He said Mill Creek reported nearly 1.3 inches of rain in about an hour. A spotter in Olympia reported more than a half inch in 15 minutes.

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