- Associated Press - Thursday, December 20, 2018

SEATTLE (AP) - The Latest on a wind storm in Washington state (all times local):

3:54 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Seattle says strong winds that took down trees and power lines, blew over shipping containers and tore off part of a clock tower exterior have peaked throughout western Washington.

The Weather Service says winds will remain gusty through the evening Thursday but will not be as strong as in the morning and early afternoon when gusts reached 74 mph along the coast in La Push, near 60 mph inland and 117 mph at Mount Baker.

Trees took out power lines, smashed cars and landed on rooftops in western Washington, closing roads, bridges and some schools. No serious injuries were reported.



KOMO-TV reports more than 300,000 households and businesses lost power Thursday.

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1:08 p.m.

More than 140,000 customers have lost power as strong winds move through western Washington.

Trees were falling on homes and power lines, leading to blocked roads and the widespread power outages.

Outages were reported throughout the western part of the state with 38,000 households and businesses in Seattle without power and more than 50,000 without it in Snohomish County.

No serious injuries had been reported.

The National Weather Service says a gust of 117 mph was reported from Mount Baker while a 72 mph gust was reported on Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula.

The Washington Department of Transportation reported that power lines were fully blocking southbound Interstate 5 near Burlington.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Chelsea Hodgson said on Twitter that a trampoline was trapped between power lines around Grays Harbor.

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11:30 a.m.

About 55,000 people are without power as a wind storm pushes through western Washington.

The power outages Thursday include 7,000 around Ocean Shores as crews worked to repair a damaged power line and about 24,00 Puget Sound Energy customers.

There’s a high wind warning in effect for much of area into Thursday evening, with gusts up to 60 miles an hour possible

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10:25 a.m.

About 25,000 people are without power as a wind storm pushes through western Washington.

The power outages Thursday include 7,000 around Ocean Shores as crews worked to repair a damaged power line and about 12,700 Puget Sound Energy customers.

Schools in Winlock shut down due to a power outage and all afternoon preschool classes were canceled.

There’s a high wind warning in effect for much of area into Thursday evening, with gusts up to 60 miles an hour possible.

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7:56 a.m.

Strong winds and rain are forecast for across western Washington.

KOMO reports a high wind warning goes into effect in the greater Seattle/Puget Sound area at 10 a.m. Thursday and lasts until 7 p.m. - with gusts up to 60 miles per hour possible.

Already a gust to 58 mph was recorded in Hoquiam at 5 a.m.

There’s the potential for scattered power outages and disruptions to the ferry system.

The coast will face additional impacts from the storm in the form of high surf and possible coastal flooding.

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