Winds knock out power to thousands, another storm to come Saturday

Wednesday 10/18/17 10pm KING team coverage.

Strong winds that blew through Western Washington Wednesday, with another 1.5-2 inches of rain expected by Saturday.

KING 5 Senior Meteorologist Rich Marriott says steady rain will change to off-and-on showers Thursday mornings but there will be another round of steady rain for the afternoon commute. It will still be breezy, but wind gusts will be about half what they were on Wednesday. Another storm moves in Saturday and Sunday before drying out Monday.

During the day Wednesday, the winds knocked down trees and limbs, power lines, leaving thousands of residents without power.

Tacoma firefighters helped a man who was pinned under a downed tree. Witnesses say they heard the man yell "Help me" and tried to move the tree, but were unable to. Fire crews arrived shortly, unpinned the man and transported him to a nearby hospital.

Another person sustained minor injuries when a tree fell on a car on the 132000 block of Tukwila International Blvd. before 4:30 p.m.

A mudslide in Edmonds Thursday morning did moderate damage to a home and caused a gas leak that forced the evacuation of about 30 homes.

Wednesday's storm was an atmospheric river event (aka Pineapple Express) that brings tropical moisture from Taiwan to the Pacific Northwest. 

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Related: How to contact your power provider or report an outage

 

 

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