Thunderstorm brings high winds, knocks out power

Updated: A thunderstorm barreled through Ballard and the Seattle area early this morning with extremely high winds and heavy rain, briefly knocking out power in parts of the neighborhood. Meteorologists measured gusts as high as 50 MPH at Sea-Tac.

“Thought it was a loud train or a landslide followed by really hard rain, then wind. Phew! Had to have the cat on my lap to calm her down,” wrote Aunt Salad in the forum, where several folks have posted their observations of the storm.

A few Ballardites said the storm knocked out power, but recovered quickly in most areas. “I looked out my window just in time to watch all the lights come back on after a brief power outage down 15th,” explains Heather in the forum. “It looked like a wave, lights started coming on north of Market and ran south down 15th to about the Ballard Bridge.” The fire department responded to several reports in North Seattle of wires down.


Tree down on 56th St. Photo by Silver.

A few neighbors whose basements were flooded a few days ago were hit with a new round of flooding. And a My Ballard reader sent us this photo (below) of wind damage on the roof of Stimson’s Marina along Shilshole Ave.

Have a damage report? Post in comments below, and as always, please send photos to tips@myballard.com or to @myballard on Twitter.

Plus: Tree falls on home in Northgate neighborhood

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NottaNorwegian
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NottaNorwegian

We only lost power for 12 seconds, but it was still weird since we haven’t lost power for at least ten years. I saw flashes of light, but I didn’t hear thunderclaps so I’m not sure if they were transformers blowing, or actual lightning.

I remember seeing thunder and lightning on the weather forecast, but I figured it would be later in the day.

Audrey P
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Audrey P

huh… Our power is still out here on 52nd. Hope to have it back by noon.

Alonzoneighbor
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Alonzoneighbor

Just to clarify – we had the water problems on Sunday but our sump pumps did their job last night and there is no new water this morning.

anybetty
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We’re on 52nd and we lost power in the middle of the night. Woke up around 6:00, and the BF walked the dog around 6:30. At the traffic triangle there at 52nd and 17th, my dog stepped on the downed power line in the dark. He is fine now (thank you!) but thh BF says the dog let out a terrible scream when he stepped on it.

We called 911 to report the line and waited for Seattle City Light, waving off other dog-walkers and peds. Seattle City Light showed up about 7:00 and power is back on now.

donarb
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donarb

Cool, I drove right by the triangle at 7, didn’t even notice a downed line. Glad to hear my power will be there when I get home from work.

Berthetta Mae
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Berthetta Mae

I was wondering! When I read the forum earlier, I was glad to hear that your sump pumps were working, so I was surprised to read that you’d been flooded a second time.

Scott
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Scott

Nice to see that another Ballard resident also relies heavily on their sump-pump to keep their investment dry. Mine had been coming on every 2 minutes Sunday AM and throughout the day. When things went sideways last night I thought I’d have to maybe deal with a wet basement today. Whew!

squid
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Ah gotcha, fixed the post. Thank you.

Cate
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Cate

Your poor pooch. So glad there were no serious injuries.

Silver
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Silver

That photo of the marina roof probably shows the incident I heard on the scanner where the roof came off, breaking the sprinkler head and setting off the fire alarm. I’m glad top see that it wasn’t any worse!

At my building a couple of large aluminum horse troughs blew off of the roof where they were used as planters in the summer. Talk about noise!!

Cat Country
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Cat Country

The bums pulled down the tree, not the storm. Word?

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