Northwest Windstorm Kills 1, Thousands Lose Power

One person died after a tree fell on them and thousands of people in western Washington were without power as high winds blew into the region Tuesday.

According to Anne Nesbit with Key Peninsula Fire, a tree fell on a person who was clearing a driveway along the Key Peninsula Highway, KCPQ reported. No further information was immediately available about the death.

More than 100,000 customers of Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light and Snohomish County Public Utility District had lost power Tuesday afternoon, according to outage maps on the utilities’ websites.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for much of Tuesday around Puget Sound and on the Washington coast. Winds reached nearly 50 mph in places from Friday Harbor to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

A 737 pilot reported being hit by lightning as the plane reached 18,000 feet (5,486 meters) near Seattle, KOMO-TV reported. No damage was reported.

The National Weather Service also issued a high wind warning throughout Central and Eastern Washington until 11 p.m. Tuesday, with wind gusts up to 60 mph. The same high wind warning was also issued in Oregon’s Lower Columbia Basin, foothills of the Northern and Southern Blue Mountains and North Central Oregon.

Portland General Electric in Oregon was reporting about 1,000 customers without power Tuesday afternoon. That number had dropped by half later in the day.