Crews work to restore power after thunderstorms

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 7:32 AM

Almost 5,000 customers around Puget Sound are still without power after a spring storm moved through the area on Monday.

Residents of North King, South King, and Kitsap counties are waiting for their power to come back on.

Green River Community College cancelled all classes starting before noon as crews from Puget Sound Energy and the college work to restore power to the main campus. The Kent and Enumclaw locations on are normal schedules.

No severe weather is expected for Tuesday, as an overcast morning should give way to sun and highs in the low to mid 60s.

High winds on Monday from a spring storm caused wires to fall down on cars parked at Green River Community College in Auburn, trapping a woman in her car.

Debbi Hunter of Covington - reached by cell phone - said she wouldn't come out until Puget Sound Energy knocked on her window and said it was safe to get out.

Although the wires were not energized, no one was allowed to get to or from their cars.

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

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

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

Puget Sound Energy reported more that 22,000 customers without power.

East Pierce Firefighters responded to calls involving electrical transformer fires and automatic fire alarms. Traffic lights were out all along W Valley Hwy E from the Pierce\King Co line to Sumner.

Puyallup Police reported that Shaw Road was closed from Pioneer to 15th for tree removal.

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

The rain in the Magnolia area of Seattle 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.

Renner said the threat of thunder showers, gusty winds, heavy rain and lowered visibility would remain through approximately 7pm in Western Washington.

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