Overnight windstorm knocks out power on Whidbey Island

An overnight windstorm toppled trees and knocked out power in neighborhoods across Whidbey Island early Tuesday.

Puget Sound Energy had received reports of outages that were scattered throughout the region, said company spokeswoman Dorothy Bracken.

A brief outage was reported in Greenbank, but a larger one occurred in Coupeville that left 566 PSE customers without power. That outage was caused by a tree that fell into a power line shortly before 10 p.m. Power was restored at 11:06 p.m., Bracken said.

An early morning outage was also reported in Scatchet Head, but the number of customers affected was not immediately available. Power was restored shortly before 9 a.m.

Fire District 3 responded to five wind-related incidents Tuesday morning, including fallen trees or branches blocking the roadway on Maxwelton and Coles roads.

"I don't know the reason it was as quiet as it was, but I'm not complaining," said Deputy Chief Mike Cotton.

The Island County Public Works Department had two crews on duty, responding to reports of trees blocking county roads or tangled in power lines.

Public Works Director Bill Oakes said sustained winds from 40 mph to gusts in the high 50s were reported.

"By far it was concentrated on the South End," he said.

Two roads - Maxwelton Road near Coyote Trail Way and Franklin Road near Possession Beach — remained closed to traffic on Tuesday morning.

"Franklin has power wires hanging low, almost to the ground, and Maxwelton has lines that are broken and down on the ground," Oakes said.

Oakes said the weather on Whidbey was pretty much business as usual for this time of year.

"The winds from the storms we've seen so far are pretty typical for mid to late November," he said.

Oakes added that the National Weather Service is issuing a high wind watch that will be in effect from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

"Cook your bird early and often," he quipped.


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