Winds that caused outages expected to fade

A windstorm averaging speeds of over 40 mph hit South Whidbey Saturday, causing the usual headaches for power users.

But the windy weather is expected to fade later this week and sunshine should return, forecasters said Tuesday.

Gretchen Aliabadi of Puget Sound Energy reported 1,100 customers lost power for periods ranging from 20 minutes to 14 hours.

“All of the problems were related to falling branches dropping on power lines,” she said.

“The worst situation was a tree that fell and broke five lines in the Sandy Hook area on Wilkinson Road.”

Aliabadi added that no substations failed, and work crews were promptly dispatched when the first reports arrived. Forecaster Danny Mercer of the National Weather Service in Seattle said winds will be light the rest of this week.

“There are no large wind events in the forecast,” he said.

Mercer added that rain showers are expected on Thursday, followed by significant sun breaks.

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