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Thousands without power near Seattle after wind storm

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • More than 100,000 customers still without power in western Washington state
  • Winds washed waves over a bridge and forced a passenger ferry to turn back

(CNN) -- More than 100,000 homes and businesses remained without power in western Washington state Tuesday after a powerful overnight wind storm.

Puget Sound Energy reported on its website that 80,000 of its customers were without power as of 8 a.m. (11 a.m. ET), with the worst damage in southern King County, Pierce County, Thurston County and parts of Skagit County.

Peninsula Light Co. said via its Twitter account that about 3,700 customers were without power as of 11 a.m. (2 p.m. ET) and that it would be working through the night to finish the job of restoring electricity.

CNN affiliate KIRO-TV said that about 20,000 Tacoma Power customers remained without power Tuesday afternoon.

Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1 reported about 7,500 of its customers were without power, down from a high of 25,000, according to its website.

KIRO reported that winds blew waves over a bridge crossing Lake Washington early Tuesday morning, slowing traffic. Winds also knocked down a four-story scaffolding, toppled trees and forced a passenger ferry between Kingston and Seattle to turn back, the station reported.

The National Weather Service issued a small craft advisory for boaters. warning that high winds cold still produce dangerous waves.