Storm causes power outages in Clallam County

Power outages reported by customers in the Clallam County Utility District had fallen to 353 as of 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 across the northern Olympic Peninsula.

Of those, 154 were in Clallam County, while 199 were in the West Jefferson County area 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 of the northern Olympic Peninsula.

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

strong front

The National Weather Service said a powerful front is moving across western Washington today, with a deep low pressure system approaching the region this evening and moving across Vancouver Island this afternoon and evening.

The powerful Pacific storm system hit harder farther south, triggering mudslides in areas of California scarred by the wildfires, according to the Associated Press.

The power outages affected thousands of customers in the Pacific Northwest. Wind gusts reaching 60 mph downed trees on Interstate 90 east of Seattle and knocked out 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 from Portland south to Salem, according to The Oregonian.

The Weather Service has urged sailors to stay in port due to rough seas, with waves up to 25ft accompanied by 50mph gusts of wind capable of eroding beaches and causing coastal flooding in northern Washington in central Oregon.

Conditions were expected to slowly calm down today.

A fault map is available on the Clallam PUD site at clallampud.net.