Strong gusts make for eventful day in Mukilteo

By Brandon Gustafson | Dec 26, 2018
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson Ferry service continued throughout the windstorm, although Washington State Ferries short-loaded cars - put fewer cars on the boat to protect them from spray.

It wasn’t quite the storm of the century, and it may not have lasted more than a few hours, but storm watchers must have been having a great time in Mukilteo last Thursday with the strong wind in the area.

Thirty mph wind gusts were common in the late morning and early afternoon throughout town, especially at the Lighthouse Park, where strong winds and high tides produced  large waves that crashed ashore.

Many came to the beach to watch nature at work. Cars lined up in the row closest to the water to get a front row view of the action, while some braver souls walked about, phones and cameras in hand, capturing images of the waves, driftwood, and sea salt spray on the coastline. Selfies with the water in the background were common.

“This is something else,” one woman told The Beacon as she retreated back to the warmth of her car after capturing some video footage at the boat docks.

Luckily, those traveling across the Sound via the ferry were not stuck in either Mukilteo or Clinton, as the route stayed operational despite the heavy winds and large waves.

Washington State Ferries spokesperson Ian Sterling described Thursday as a “wild one” for the Mukilteo-Clinton route.

“We had delays on several routes as captains slowed down, took storm courses and short-loaded cars (leaving a few spaces open at the front of the boats to help protect cars from spray),” he said. “We were able to remain in service between Mukilteo and Clinton throughout the storm.”

Mukilteo was hit with some power outages, according to the PUD’s outage map. Nearly 1,000 Harbour Pointe homes were reported to be without power in the early afternoon, and many other homes and businesses in town had power flicker on and off in the late morning and early afternoon, when the wind gusts were at their strongest.

Overall, roughly 50,000 PUD customers lost power, while over 300,000 Western Washington residents lost power.

The Mukilteo Police Department also reported that the road at 91st Place Southwest and 92nd Street  Southwest was closed due to downed power lines while PUD and Mukilteo’s Public Works Department fixed the situation.

Most of the strong wind was gone by 3 p.m.

 

 

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