Heavy rain brings urban flooding to Puget Sound

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 10:31 PM

Thunder, lightning and heavy rain showers moved into Western Washington Thursday evening, flooding streets and homes in cities around the Puget Sound.

KING 5 Doppler Radar showed heavy rain heading to Smokey Point, Arlington, Sedro Woolley and Sumas during the 5pm and 6pm hours, said KING 5 Chief Meteorologist Jeff Renner. Read his full forecast

KING 5 viewers reported streets in Tacoma were flooded with ankle-deep water, prompting a few street closures. Water also flooded into the entrance way of KeyArena in Seattle.

Lightning strikes were also picking up.

"Much of the lightning activity right now is spiking up to about approximately 12 to 13 lightning strikes within the last couple of moments," Renner said around 5:30 p.m.

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A cluster of heavy thundershowers were also hitting along I-90, Carnation down to Sammamish, Fall City and North Bend.

The summer storm also caused some power outages. About 1,400 PSE customers on the Sammamish Plateau were without power after a tree fell on a power pole. By 5:30pm, power had been restored to all but 120 customers.

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Renner predicted rain would diminish to scattered showers by 7 p.m. with temperatures in the low 70s to high 60s, but showers would pick up again around 9 p.m. By 11 p.m. more showers and possibly thundershowers would move in again.

Drivers should expect reduced visibility on the roads and drive with caution.

There could still be lingering showers early Friday, but indications are that we’ll return to warm, dry summer weather Saturday and Sunday with a chance of showers on Labor Day.

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