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Strongest Windstorm in Ten Years Blows Through Puget Sound

Marcie Sillman
12/15/2006

By all accounts, the early morning windstorm was the strongest we've seen in the Puget Sound region in at least a decade, since 1993's Inauguration Day storm. KUOW's Marcie Sillman has more.

TRANSCRIPT

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENTIST CLIFF MASS SAYS A VERY INTENSE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVED NORTH THROUGH OUR AREA, GENERATING WINDS UP T0 80 MILES AN HOUR IN SOME PLACES. MASS SAYS WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OF 40 TO 50 MILES AN HOUR, THE DESTRUCTION WAS WIDESPREAD.

MASS: "This was basically the strongest windstorm that we've had since the Inauguration Day storm. In fact, from what I can see, more people lost power this time than during the Inauguration Day storm."

THE HIGH WINDS CAME ON THE HEELS OF EXTREMELY HEAVY RAINFALL YESTERDAY EVENING. MASS SAYS THE WATER CAME DOWN SO FAST IT OVERWHELMED STORM SEWERS, CAUSING FLOODING AROUND THE REGION.

MASS SAYS THE WORST OF THE WILD WEATHER IS OVER, ALTHOUGH TEMPERATURES WILL FALL TODAY, AND WE COULD SEE SOME SNOWFALL IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE CENTRAL SOUND, AS WELL AS HEAVY SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS.

BUT MASS SAYS IF YOU’RE FED UP WITH STORMS, TAKE HEART.

MASS: "I think the silver lining is I suspect the second half of the winter will be very different from the first half. This is an El NiÑo year, and typically, in El NiÑo years, the second half of the winter typically calms down. So I have a feeling it will be completely different after January first."

HARD PRESSED REPAIR CREWS CAN ONLY HOPE.

I'M MARCIE SILLMAN KUOW NEWS.

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