Nature does its own ferry cancellations

PORT TOWNSEND – Passenger ferry runs on the Keystone route were canceled Thursday because of high winds twisting through Admiralty Inlet.

Also, because of low tides, the 7:05 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. sailings from Port Townsend, and the 7:35 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. sailings from Keystone on Whidbey Island have been canceled today, Saturday and Sunday.

The state’s MV Snohomish, which is carrying passengers between Port Townsend and Seattle, will pick up passengers on the Port Townsend-Keystone route who are stranded, according to the Washington State Ferries Web site,

Thursday’s ferry runs to Keystone, which is being serviced temporarily by privately owned Puget Sound Express under contract to the state, were canceled after a strong windstorm pounded the Puget Sound area.

Before then, some passengers were not looking forward to their evening commute, according to interviews televised by KIRO-TV.

“I get a little green to be honest with you, every once in awhile when it gets bad out there,” passenger Sally McClure said.

“It gets a little bumpy out there – very bumpy in fact,” she added.

“And I’m not a boat person. I used to work for the airlines and I dealt with turbulence, but this is a whole different ball game.”

Ferry workers told KIRO that the anemometer registered winds between 20 mph and 40 mph, with gusts nearing 50 mph.

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