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.