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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 5:00 AM PDT on August 29, 2016


... One year ago - the August 29th wind storm...

It was one year ago today - August 29th - that an unseasonably
strong wind storm struck western Washington. An unusually intense
low pressure system swept in from the southwest across the region
during the day and produced sustained winds of 35 to 45 mph with
gusts as high as around 65 mph.

Thanks to the very warm Spring and Summer as well as the ongoing dry
conditions in 2015, area trees were quite vulnerable to this late
Summer wind storm. Many trees were uprooted with others losing
limbs. The falling trees knocked out power to about 450,000 people
in western Washington. Some did not have their power returned until
a week later thanks to the extensive and widespread damage.

The downed trees and limbs were also involved in killing a Gig
Harbor motorist and a girl at play in SeaTac. In addition, two
elderly people near Everson in Whatcom County succumbed to Carbon
monoxide poisoning from a poorly ventilated generator while their
power was out.

This wind storm was historic - nothing like it in the Summer season.
The wind storm season normally begins in October and runs into early
March. Yet this storm shows that we all need to be prepared for
these kinds of weather events year round.

Are you ready for the next wind storm, rain and flood event, snow
storm or other significant weather event? With the potential of a La
Nina winter season ahead and its usual bag of wicked weather tricks,
now is the time to get ready for the coming fall and winter storm
season.

To help with your home, work, school, vehicle or even pet readiness,
visit takewinterstorm.Org for easy and helpful information to
create and maintain your preparedness kits. Monitor weather
forecasts daily using the NWS Seattle web site at
www.Weather.Gov/Seattle/ , NOAA Weather Radio receiver, your phone,
or area media. Be weather aware and weather prepared.


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