Fierce winds and heavy rain battered Puget Sound overnight on Tuesday (Jan. 12), leading to flooding and power outages across the Snoqualmie Valley.
As of Wednesday morning, several roads in the valley were closed stretching from Snoqualmie to Duvall. These included Neal Road SE and West Snoqualmie River Road NE. The Snoqualmie River hit flood stages late on Jan. 12, and is expected to crest Wednesday afternoon. The river near Carnation was expected to nearly reach phase two flood levels.
As of early Wednesday morning, there were some 315,000 Puget Sound Energy customers without power. By 10:30 a.m., this had dropped to 233,420 customers. The PSE outage map as of 10:30 a.m. showed widespread outages throughout the valley.
A storm advisory on the utility’s website said the outages across its service area were the result of wind coupled with saturated soil from days of rain. The Emergency Coordination Center and local storm bases in Western Washington were opened to coordinate power restoration efforts.