Storm hits with 60 mph winds

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By Dennis Box-The Courier-Herald

The first storm of the season hit Thursday and caused considerable damage, particularly to the Bonney Lake area.

Wind gusts of nearly 60 mph knocked down trees, corn fields and power lines, shutting downs lights, computers and heaters for most of the afternoon and evening.

Heavy rain came on the heels of the wind with the water works continuing through Saturday.

Trees fell across lines at West Tapps Highway and near Lake Bonney.

Bonney Lake Elementary School lost electricity, but students were able to stay in class.

At A&S Auto Repair at the intersection of 324th Avenue East and state Route 410 East, a tree fell, damaging five vehicles and hitting the windshield of a sixth.

“About 1 (p.m.) we were all working in the bay when it hit the cars,” owner Izzy Anaya said. “We didn't hear it fall, but we heard it hit the cars.”

The corn maze was blown down at Farm Fresh Produce on state Route 410.

“It flattened it,” said Heather Ziemke, who owns the business with her husband Brad Ziemke. “All the paths were covered with corn stalks. We got out there this morning with six guys and flopped the corn stalks up the opposite way. We sort of salvaged it.”

Heather Ziemke said the corn stalks in the maze were more than 12 feet tall. She said the maze will remain open through Halloween at half price.

A tree fell on Kerri Grylls home in the 13600 block of 216th Avenue Court East causing extensive damage.

Grylls said she heard a crack and “I dove for the door. I couldn't even remember I had a backdoor.”

The tree hit directly above where Grylls was sitting on her couch.

A tree fell on a car on SR 410 near the 18500 block. The woman driving was taken to an area hospital, but did not appear to be injured.

Clean up of the area began the Thursday evening with power restored to most areas by midnight.

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