Thunderstorms bring heavy rain, strong winds

Thunderstorms bring heavy rain, strong winds

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Updated Monday, May 13 at 3:11 PM

A line of showers and thundershowers moved through the Puget Sound area this afternoon, bringing hail, heavy rain and gusty winds.

KING 5 Meteorologist Jeff Renner said more than 325 lightning strikes were recorded. Check lightning map

In Kingston, a tree fell on a powerline, knocking out power. Fallen trees are blocking one lane of eastbound I-90 just west of West Lake Sammamish Parkway.

Puget Sound Energy outages as of 2 p.m.

  • FallCity: 448 customers
  • Poulsbo: 1,667
  • Sumner: 1,000
  • Auburn: 1,500
  • Renton: 5,
  • MapleValley: 1,900
  • Issaquah: 1,800


East Pierce Firefighters say they are responding to calls involving electrical transformer fires and automatic fire alarms.

Puyallup Police report that Shaw Road is closed from Pioneer to 15th. PSE is shutting off power for tree removal.

Mountain View Fire & Rescue/Black Diamond Fire Department, which covers Black Diamond, Auburn, Kent, Enumclaw and the Muckleshoot Tribe, reports 5-10 different weather-related calls ranging from trees down to wires down to power outages. The station lost power and is on generator power.

The rain in the Magnolia area was heavy enough to cause a back-up and overflow of storm drains.

Magnolia resident Frank Catalano reported thunder and heavy, pelting rain.

“My poor CFO, or Chief Feline Officer of my home office, is not amused,” he said via Twitter.

More than a half inch of rain was reported in Gig Harbor, .39 inch in Bremerton and .31 in Olympia.

The Department of Transportation advised drivers to be cautious, because roads are slick.

The storm is moving to the east toward Interstate 405 and the Cascade foothills.

Showers are expected to decrease tonight and Tuesday should be partly sunny.

Rain moves in on Wednesday morning and turns to off and on showers in the afternoon.

If you've got storm pictures, post them to our Facebook page, send them to us via Twitter @KING5Seattle or post on our Your News page
 

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