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Thunderstorms knock out power to thousands in the South Sound

Yelm Hwy @ Lacey Corp. Loop
Photo credit: Thurston County Sheriff Tweet

– “About 2,500 lightning strikes! Thunderstorms down trees, knock out power to thousands”
“A series of strong thunderstorms, with lightning strikes, hail and strong gusts, rolled through Western Washington Thursday afternoon, downing trees and knocking out power to tens of thousands.

At 10:25 p.m., Puget Sound Energy said over 36,000 customers were still without power, many in Thurston County.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said numerous live wires and power poles were down in the area of Yelm Hwy between Wiggins and Corporate Center Lp and that the roadway was completely closed.

The National Weather Service in Seattle said a wind gust of 50 mph was recorded at Olympia Airport,” quoting Q13 FOX News Staff and Nadia Romero. [Editor’s note: Flights were delayed at Sea-Tac due to lightning, from which ramp workers must take cover.]
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– “About 2,500 lightning strikes recorded during severe thunderstorms”
By KIRO 7 News Staff
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– “Drivers trapped in cars by downed power lines rescued”
“Utility crews rescued multiple people who were trapped in their cars in Lacey after a powerful storm toppled power lines on the road Thursday,” by Drew Mikkelsen, KING 5 TV news..
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Posted by Steve on May 4, 2017 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

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