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Skagit County feeling impact of wind storm

December 22, 2018

Roads remain closed and many are without power following Thursday’s wind storm, which downed trees and power lines throughout Skagit County.

As of about 5 p.m. Friday, about 40,000 people remained without power in Western Washington, with about 11,000 of those in Skagit County, Puget Sound Energy spokesperson Janet Kim said.

PSE expects to restore power to customers in Skagit County by 6 p.m. Dec. 23, according to an update on PSE’s website.

Thirteen roads in Skagit County were closed or partially closed as of 5 p.m. Friday due to downed trees and power lines, according to the Skagit County Public Works Department.

Closures included Highway 20 at Oak Street, and Cook Road from Chuckanut Drive to Avon Allen Road.

A full list of road closures can be found at skagitcounty.net/roadclosure.

Wind speeds reached the 70 mph range Thursday in parts of Western Washington, according to data from the National Weather Service.

On Thursday, Doug ten Hoopen, director of emergency management, said all fire departments and fire districts responded to calls and Skagit 911 had extra staff helping to handle the influx of emergency reports.

More than 850 calls to 911 were received from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Skagit County Communications Coordinator Bronlea Mishler said.

Kari Ranten, director of marketing and communications at Skagit Regional Health, said emergency departments at Skagit Valley Hospital and urgent care clinics in Mount Vernon saw increased volume Thursday.

The Concrete School District and Allen Elementary School in the Burlington-Edison School District are closed Friday due to power outages, according to the districts.

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