High Northwest Winds Knock out Power to Thousands, Kill One
A woman was killed and over 40,000 people were left in the dark in the Seattle, Washington area as hurricane-force winds blasted the western part of the state on Sunday afternoon.
One woman was killed by a falling tree in Seattle’s Seward Park, the city’s fire department said on its Twitter feed on Sunday. The woman was in a vehicle when the tree fell on her (see picture).
In the Seattle area alone, over 47,000 people lost power on Sunday from the gusty winds that officially measured as high as 46 miles-per-hour (MPH) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Along the western coast of Washington, a wind gust up to 76 MPH was recorded in Taholah, and several wind gusts exceeding 60 MPH were reported across the region on Sunday as well.
A very strong area of low pressure just off the Washington coastline is responsible for the gusty winds. The low dropped to 978 millibars central pressure on Sunday, equivalent to that of many Category 1 or 2 hurricanes.
The winds will diminish in the Seattle area overnight, although gusty conditions will still be around for both Monday and Tuesday with gusts up to 35 MPH possible both days. Rain will be persistent in the city for the majority of the work week, although drier conditions are expected to move in by Thursday.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: Seattle Fire Department