High winds result in little damage

Strong winds with gusts up to 40 mph on South Whidbey knocked down a few tree limbs but did not damage any homes over the weekend.

“It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be,” said South Whidbey Fire/EMS Chief Rusty Palmer.

His department responded to three calls for blown-down trees Saturday and seven Sunday. Only two were tangled in power lines — the others had fallen across roadways. Some people briefly lost power, he said.

There were no injuries.

There was, however, one scare off Double Bluff Beach. Palmer said someone called in a kite surfer who tried to take advantage of the blustery beach but was having trouble on the water. By the time South Whidbey Fire/EMS arrived, the kite surfer was on shore and unharmed.

“The wind was really howling,” Palmer said.

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