Wind knocks out power to 9,000 county residents

  • By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
  • Monday, September 26, 2011 12:01am
  • Local News

EVERETT — The first winds of fall knocked down branches and power lines Sunday, leaving thousands of Snohomish County residents temporarily without power.

By noon Sunday, about 9,000 homes were without electricity. By 7 p.m., that number dropped to about 500. The Snohomish County PUD planned to work into the night restoring power.

The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a wind advisory Sunday saying gusts of 50 mph were expected in parts of Puget Sound. Gusts in the high 40s were recorded in Everett.

Another wind advisory was issued for Monday in areas north of Snohomish County and along the coast. Winds up to 35 mph are expected in Skagit and Whatcom counties with gusts of 55 mph predicted. A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds of 30 to 39 mph or gusts of 45 to 57 mph are likely, according to the weather service.

People should expected a wet and windy Monday in Snohomish County. Between a quarter and a half inch of rain also are in the forecast for Seattle and Everett with one to three inches possible in the mountains.

“It will be breezy,” weather service meteorologist Johnny Burg said Sunday. “It just won’t be as strong” as what’s expected in the northern counties.

Sunday’s winds snapped tree branches across the county. Trees were particularly prone to damage because there hadn’t been such heavy winds since spring, officials said.

The outages were scattered “from the top to the bottom” of the county, PUD spokesman Mike Thorne said.

Thorne said the first outages of the fall usually don’t start until October.

“This is probably a little earlier than usual,” he said.

The storm left wires down in several communities, prompting Thorne to remind people about the dangers of being electrocuted.

“We want people to stay away from any kind of downed power line,” Thorne said.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

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