Short-lived storm in Shoreline, Lake Forest Park

Monday, February 14, 2011

by Diane Hettrick, Editor

We had a short-lived but fairly intense storm this evening and I missed the whole thing, including the notice below from our WeatherWatcher Carl Dinse.

The good news is that Shoreline City Hall, where I was attending a City event, is so solidly built that I didn't even know anything was happening.

Imagine my surprise, then, to drive home past huge puddles, and streets covered with greens and branches which had been on their trees when I left the house. I drove through Gateway Plaza and it looked like all the businesses were running on generators. Either that or romantic lighting for Valentine's Day.

Some of those branches apparently landed on power lines, because City Light reports that 2800 homes and businesses in Shoreline were without power from about 5:30 pm to 7, when all power was restored. They say that they knew immediately where the problem was and routed power through another line while they repaired the damage.

The general boundaries of the outage were N 205th Street on the north, N 149th Street on the south, 8th Avenue NW on the west and Corliss Avenue N on the east. Not all homes and businesses in that area were affected.

WeatherWatcher report at 5:51 pm

The national weather service of Seattle has issued a Special Weather Statement for Western King County, including Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Richmond Beach. A strong band of thunderstorm and rain showers has developed over the Olympics and is heading our direction. Winds exceeding 50 mph are expected along with heavy rain, and possible lightning. The timing of this short lived storm is expected to arrive at about 6pm for the entire Seattle, Tacoma and Everett metro area. This puts Shoreline, and Lake Forest Park right in the middle of it.


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