Strong winds topple trees, force road closures

December 18, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

UPDATED — 9:25 a.m. Dec. 18, 2010

Strong winds downed trees and prompted road closures near Issaquah early Saturday morning.

Puget Sound Energy said the storm also knocked out power for more than 300 Issaquah customers.

The state Department of Transportation closed state Route 18 from Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast to Interstate 90 at about 1 a.m. Saturday. The section reopened just before 8 a.m.

Crews also closed a section of the eastbound interstate due to toppled trees on the roadway.

The high wind warning remains in effect until noon Saturday. National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle said residents should expect east winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 65 mph.

Issaquah residents spent the early part of the week cleaning up from a deluge and Issaquah Creek flooding. Strong thunderstorms rolled through the region Monday night.

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One Response to “Strong winds topple trees, force road closures”

  1. Puget Sound Energy restores power to Issaquah customers : The Issaquah Press – News, Sports, Classifieds in Issaquah, WA on December 18th, 2010 2:15 pm

    […] as a result of strong winds. The storm also toppled trees and forced transportation officials to close roads in the Issaquah area […]

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