Wind knocks out power in parts of Whidbey
November 13, 2008 · 3:28 PM
There were scattered power outages but no damage or injuries reported after gusty winds swept across South Whidbey early Thursday morning.
Puget Sound Energy reported outages involving 220 customers from Oak Harbor to Langley.
Calmer conditions are expected for the next 48 hours, with daytime temperatures in the low 50s and wind gusts of less than 20 miles per hour through Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.
Island County Fire District 3 received several calls about downed trees, but no reports of damage or injuries, said Assistant Chief Paul Busch.
Power was out for about six hours for 58 customers in the early morning in the area of Bob Galbreath Road in Langley. Another 21 customers were in the dark for about two hours in the Pioneer Park area.
Both outages were caused by trees knocking down wires, said Puget Sound Energy spokeswoman Gretchen Aliabadi.
Up north, 141 customers went without power in two areas of Oak Harbor, the longest for about six hours, Aliabadi said. These also were caused by trees knocking down lines.
Lancaster Road was closed for about two hours between Double Bluff Road and Moonrise Lane south of Freeland to allow for clearing of debris, Busch said.
Meanwhile, there were no weather-related incidents called in overnight to the Island County Sheriff's Office, said Det. Ed Wallace, department spokesman.
"We're looking pretty good," he said Thursday. "Nothing has been reported so far."
Despite the gusty winds, no problems were reported in the waters around South Whidbey during the night and early morning, said Petty Officer Elliott Arnold, spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard in Seattle.
However, small-craft warnings for the northern inland waters, including the San Juan Islands, remain in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday.
Winds from 20 to 30 knots were forecast for Thursday, with waves from three to five feet. The strongest winds were forecast for the San Juans.
Winds are expected to subside through Saturday.