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Blackout follows wild wind storm
Winds of more than 50 miles per hour ripped through the West End on Saturday, downing trees and knocking out power of hundreds of residents.
A gust of 52 mph was tallied at the National Weather Service’s station at the Quillayute Airport. Reports from Cape Flattery came in at 51 mph.
A monitor on Destruction Island off Ruby Beach recorded a gust of 72 mph.
Some 500 customers of Clallam County Public Utilities District had power knocked out for just under an hour Saturday morning when a branch fell over power lines, tripping a transformer.
The outage lasted from around 9 a.m. to 9:42 a.m., according to PUD spokesman Michael Howe.
More trees blew into power lines and knocked out power on the Hoko-Ozette Road.
Stronger storms struck the Seattle area, knocking out power to an estimated 27,000 customers.