Thousands Without Power After Pacific West Wind Storm

November 4, 2013

  • November 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm
    InsGuy says:
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    Really? Hey, “it’s too windy to drive across this bridge! We better get out and walk” ???

  • November 5, 2013 at 11:20 am
    Jess Sayen says:
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    I found a news article that gives more details – I think I would have been getting off that bridge too !!!

    A powerful windstorm pushed through the region Saturday, injuring at least three people, knocking out power to some 200,000 customers and forcing the closure of the Highway 520 bridge, which swayed as much as 5 feet in wind-whipped waters.

    “It’s been a crazy day,’’ said State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb.

    About 50 motorists abandoned their vehicles on the 520 bridge as waves splashing onto the roadway and poor visibility made them panicky about crossing the swaying and bouncing span, Webb said.

    The State Patrol closed the bridge about 11 a.m. and escorted the motorists to safety. The bridge reopened just after 1 p.m.

    “I’ve been on (the Patrol) 22 years,” Webb said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like this.”

    The top gust inland clocked in at 62 mph at Alki Beach, while at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, winds reached 59 mph.

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