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Thousands of homes and business lose power in Puget Sound

Associated Press - October 5, 2008 12:05 AM ET

SEATTLE (AP) - Thousands of homes and businesses in the Puget Sound lost power after gusts of up to 40 miles per knocked tree limbs into overhead power lines today.

Seattle City Light reported that some 10,000 customers in and near the city were without electricity as of 4 p.m.

Outages were reported in the Greenwood, Magnolia, Roosevelt, Lake Forest Park, Normandy Park, Burien, SeaTac, and Madrona areas.

Another 11,000 customers in the Snohomish County Public Utility District lost power, but crews cut that figure to about 1,000 by late afternoon, mainly in downtown Everett.

Kitsap County customers of Puget Sound Energy were also hard hit with scattered outages. Whatcom, Skagit and parts of King counties were also having outages.

The Coast Guard Sector Seattle Command Center received reports of boats going adrift and overturning and boaters being blown into the water by heavy winds throughout the Puget Sound.

The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Adelie and an HH-60 helicopter crew from air Station Astoria, Ore., went to Carr Inlet near Gig Harbor to assist in the rescue of 8 kayakers. The crew of the Adelie rescued 2 of the kayakers from the water, while the other six were able to make it to shore safely.

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