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Wind causes little damage

Two trees that fell on a Freeland home Wednesday night and Thursday morning are the most severe damage caused by a storm that hit the island this week. - Matt Johnson
Two trees that fell on a Freeland home Wednesday night and Thursday morning are the most severe damage caused by a storm that hit the island this week.
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A late winter wind storm that blew over Whidbey Island Wednesday night and Thursday morning felt and looked like winter, but did not do as much damage as it might have in the past.

Gusts as high as 59 mph hit the shoreline of the island on South Whidbey starting late Wednesday night, downing a few trees and knocking out power to a few hundred homes. Karl Kirn, a spokesman for Puget Sound Energy, said about 360 customers lost power islandwide. The outages occurred at two intervals, one Wednesday night, another Thursday morning. He said the outages were tree-related.

The company had expected greater damage from the storm. Kirn said his company responded to a number of outages in the Puget Sound region, but not as many as they had predicted.

"We didn't get hit as hard as we though we'd get hit," he said.

Most outages were repaired by 7 a.m. Thursday.

In an interview in Feburary, Kirn said this winter has been unusual for its mildness. He said he cannot remember a winter with so few outages on Whidbey Island.

Other damage on South Whidbey came in the form of fallen trees and tree limbs. The most serious incident occurred on Fish Road, where two trees fell on a new home. According to tree cutters working at the home, no one was in the house when the trees fell.

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