Wild weather takes down trees, power lines

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by HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News

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Posted on February 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 11:57 PM

A day of heavy rains and high winds left its mark throughout parts of Western Washington on Tuesday, taking down trees and power lines and leaving many in the dark.

On Woodinville-Duvall Road, Puget Sound Energy said a large tree came down near Northeast 170th Place, and took several power lines with it.  That shut down the roadway and resulted in power outages to about 660 customers. 

Puget Sound Energy estimated the outages would last through midnight, as crews worked to repair  the damaged equipment that included the power pole.

Among those inconvenienced by the fallen tree were several truck drivers, whose big rigs couldn't be turned around on the narrow road.

"This is going to cost us money, this is going to cost us time," said truck driver Loran Caston.  "We're just sorta stuck here."

Still, he and others who drive the road often say they are lucky the situation wasn't worse.

"It is amazing that no one was coming down this road at 40 mph and the tree not only landed on them, but landed in front of them and have them run into it," said one neighbor.

Western WA road closure information

In Tacoma, heavy rains caused several landslides, on Schuster Parkway and Marine View Drive.  Both roads were closed as crews worked to clean it up.

In Sammamish, the rain pooled on several roadways, creating hazards for drivers.  Northeast 50th Street was closed from State Route 202 to Sahalee Way Northeast due to standing water on the roadway.  Neighbors told KING 5 it happens in that area almost every time they get a prolonged period of rain.

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