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Gig Harbor man killed by falling tree limb during storm identified

Strong winds knocked out power and brought down trees and limbs throughout western Washington on Tuesday.

SEATTLE — Strong winds knocked out power to thousands of people throughout western Washington on Tuesday.

Puget Sound Energy responded to more than 70,000 outages by mid-afternoon on Tuesday. 

More than 15,000 Seattle City Light customers were without power during the peak of the stormy weather.

Just over 7,800 Puget Sound Energy customers were without power around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A man was killed after a tree limb fell on them in Gig Harbor on Tuesday, according to Key Peninsula Fire. 

The department said the man, later identified as 30-year-old Dale McCracken, was struck by the limb in his driveway around 4 p.m. while he was clearing debris from the high winds. The limb was six inches in diameter and fell 50 feet, the fire department said.

A Wind Advisory expired Tuesday evening as the stormy weather tapered off.

Strong wind gusts were reported throughout the day around western Washington Tuesday. A 50 mph gust was recorded on the 520 Bridge around noon. A 48 mph wind gust was reported at SeaTac Airport around 2 p.m., and a 76 mph gust was reported at Mount Rainier around 9 a.m., according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The NWS warned additional rainfall later in the day Tuesday could lead to a rise in some rivers, especially in King, Mason, Skagit, and Snohomish counties. Though widespread flooding isn't expected, the Skokomish, Skykomish, and Snoqualmie rivers may approach flood stages by late Tuesday through Wednesday morning.

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