Storms have the potential to harm lives and property via storm surge, heavy rain, lightning, wildfires, and strong winds. Yes, seriously folks, wind is one of Mother Nature’s deadliest weapons, yet it doesn’t seem to get the same national media attention as rain and snow. Wind destroys property and ruins perfectly good hair days and it’s now time for wind to stop getting a free pass. After reading below that the latest severe wind storm that swept throught the US Northwest on Nov. 13th killed 1 and left 180,000 people without electricity, you’ll definitively think twice about walking outside into that hurricane or strong wind storm… Even to watch it from your balcony or in your car. You’ll also probably think about buying plenty of candles. That’s certain. And, by the way, have a heavy storm plan.
Much of the western area of Washington state was under a high wind warning Monday as a strong wind storm – with gusts up to 60 mph – swept across the US Northwest, downing trees and causing power outages for 180,000 residents and businesses.
Al least one person was killed and two others injured after a tree fell on their car in Renton, Washington.
Another 15-year-old girl was injured in Port Orchard after a tree fell on her mobile home.
KCSO on scene of tree into car accident. 15900blk SE 179TH. 1 confirmed fatality. 2 others including small child injured. KCSO MARR responding. Road to be closed for some time. Sgt on scene for media questions. Press release when more info available.
— KingcosoPIO (@kingcosoPIO) November 14, 2017
Candle light dinner was mandatory for more than 180,000 people in the Northwest, with Puget Sound Energy (70,000 customers), Seattle City Light (17,500 customers), and Seattle Snohomish Public Utility District (26,000 customers) being the hardest hit.
So guys, when the wind is blowing, please stay at home, close the shutters, and pray the gusts will not tear down your home or roof! In any cases, be ready and try to avoid your car as trees or electricity poles might start falling down like toothpicks.