Over 1,000 still without power in Seattle after lightning

Seattle News

Updated 6:14 pm PDT, Sunday, September 8, 2019

The rare thunder and lightning that swept across Western Washington Saturday night wreaked havoc, including a delayed PAC-12 matchup and thousands without power — even into Sunday afternoon.

Less than 10 minutes into the opening quarter of the Huskies’ bout with the California Golden Bears, the skies opened up across the Puget Sound area. Torrential rain wasn’t the only guest of the night; thunder and lightning cracked and flashed throughout Western Washington, sending the players off the field and shutting out power for some Seattleites.

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Between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., Saturday, about 2,200 lightning strikes touched down in Western Washington, the National Weather Service tweeted. That worked out to almost eight a minute.

Over 5,000 Seattle City Light customers were affected Saturday night and as of 6:08 p.m. Sunday, 982 were still without power. City Light said the outage areas were scattered, making it hard to fix issues immediately.

KOMO News reported that 12,000 people lost power in Pierce County and 19,000 Puget Sound Energy customers lost power.

Flooding also affected the region. University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce said on Facebook that she “had to bail (stadium) to deal with flooding (turned out to be mild) at the house,” but watched the Dawgs lose to Cal on TV.

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Water pooled in Seattle streets, affecting the intersection of NE Northgate Way and First Avenue NE.

NWS reported there had been flooding on Interstate 5 as well.

The weather Sunday evening won’t be as raucous as Saturday, but the NWS did say to expect rain and scattered thunder throughout Western Washington, especially on the Olympic Peninsula.

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