Storm causes electrical power outages in Clallam County

Jefferson PUD reports no problems

Electrical outages reported by Clallam County Public Utility District customers were down to 353 by 5 p.m. Sunday after a high of 1,466 customers cut off earlier in the day by trees and branches falling on power lines as a storm blew into the North Olympic Peninsula.

Of those, 154 were in Clallam County, while 199 were in the area of West Jefferson County served by the Clallam PUD.

No outages were reported in East Jefferson County.

The National Weather Service had a wind warning in effect until 6 a.m. today for Sequim and areas west on the North Olympic Peninsula.

The largest outage on Sunday was at Diamond Point affecting more than 900 customers. More than 200 were without power near Lake Sutherland and 282 Forks customers lacked electricity, with smaller outages reported at Neah Bay and in the Sequim area.

Strong front

The National Weather Service said that a strong front is moving through Western Washington today, with a deep low pressure system approaching the area tonight and moving across Vancouver Island this afternoon and evening.

The strong Pacific storm system hit harder farther south, triggering mud flows in wildfire-scarred areas of California, according to The Associated Press.

Power outages affected thousands of customers in the Pacific Northwest. Wind gusts topping 60 mph downed trees on Interstate 90 east of Seattle and cut power to at least 49,000 customers in the metro area and around Puget Sound, KOMO-TV reported.

In Oregon, more than 20,000 customers lost power in areas running from Portland south to Salem, according to The Oregonian.

The weather service urged mariners to stay in port due to heavy seas, with waves up to 25 feet accompanied by 50-mph wind gusts capable to eroding beaches and causing coastal flooding from northern Washington to central Oregon.

Conditions were expected to slowly subside today.

A map of outages is available on the Clallam PUD website at clallampud.net.

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