Photos showing power lines and tree branches down on 1st Ave South near SW 160th Street courtesy Sarah Reay.
The first real fall storm – with gusts up to 44 MPH at Sea-Tac Airport – knocked power out to over 3,800 City Light customers in Burien late Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 18.
The outage affects areas near Lake Burien/Olde Burien, as well as Seahurst, SW 148th Street, and from around SW 134th Street north up into North Highline.
Actual cause of the outage – which started just after 5 p.m. – is still under investigation, but we can assure you that the Wind had something to do with it.
City Light says the estimated time for power to be restored is around midnight.
Also, a Wind Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service, in effect until 11 p.m.:
…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR AND PARTS OF THE PUGET SOUND REGION UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING…
* WIND…Southerly 20 to 30 mph with gusts near 45 mph. So far, winds have gusted to 46 mph in Tacoma.
* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Bremerton, Olympia, and Rochester.
* TIMING…Wind speeds will diminish this evening behind the front.
* IMPACTS…Winds this strong have snapped some tree limbs and caused local power outages.
A Wind Advisory means that winds of 30 to 39 mph and/or gusts of 45 to 57 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.