Wild weather day results in thousands without power

Thunderstorms in the morning, followed by high wind in the afternoon and evening, resulted in thousands of Thurston County residents being left without power on Tuesday.

The first round of crazy weather came in the early morning hours when thunderstorms came through the area. These involved localized high winds, heavy rain, hail, and of course, thunder and lightning. Power outages were reported in the South Bay and East Olympia areas.

Then, a wind advisory took effect at noon and gusts as high as 45 mph followed, resulting in widespread power outages. The largest outages were reported in the Tumwater Hill, Nisqually, and Littlerock/Maytown areas, though many small outages of less than 50 customers were also reported by PSE.

A large tree branch fell on this vehicle on Columbia St SW Tuesday afternoon.

By sunrise on Wednesday, the PSE outage map reported that less than 150 customers were still without power in Thurston County.

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