SEATTLE – Utility crews restored power Tuesday to most of the 130,000 Pacific Northwest homes and businesses that were darkened a day earlier by a fierce storm with hurricane-force winds.
Most of the electrical outages were repaired by midnight and crews continued to work Tuesday morning.
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Winds higher than 70 mph blew trees and branches onto power lines. The worst of the storm damage, including cars and houses hit by falling trees and windows shattered by wind, and the bulk of the power outages Monday were west of the Cascade Range.
Wind gusts blew up to 119 mph at the 10,100-foot level of Mount Ranier, according to the National Weather Service. Closer to sea level, gusts of 97 mph were reported east of Bellingham on State Route 542.
The region's largest utility, Puget Sound Energy, had about 77,000 homes and businesses in the dark at various times Monday. By early Tuesday, spokeswoman Dorothy Bracken said, the number was down to 11,000 customers.
Blowing dust that cut visibility to near zero resulted in workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation being sent home early Monday afternoon.