Wind blows down trees, knocks out power lines

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By Dennis Box-The Courier-Herald

Wild weather continued to roll through Bonney Lake and Lake Tapps region last week with a wind and rain storm knocking down trees and cutting power across the Plateau and Pierce County region.

The wind started blowing early Nov. 15 with gusts clocking more than 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service. By late morning, trees were down on Angeline Road East, Rhodes Lake Road East and a power pole went down blocking 40th Street East between 214th Avenue East and 230th Avenue East.

Trees were also reported down in the roadway or power lines on Locust Avenue East, Church Lake Road East, 120th Street East and Sumner-Tapps Highway.

Puget Sound Energy, Bonney Lake Public Works and East Pierce Fire and Rescue workers fanned out across the region to deal with the downed trees and power lines.

“At the storm's peak 135,000 customers were without power,” according to Dorothy Bracken, PSE spokeswoman. “There were about 20,000 without power in Pierce County. The greatest damage was north in Whatcom County and Skagit County.”

Bracken said the power company was able to restore power to most Pierce County customers during the night.

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