Capitol Hill #seattlestorm watch

cuzuifovmaadhtqHeavy winds and incessant rain will build and continue across Seattle Saturday. The storm doesn’t have a name yet but it could bring winds approaching 50 MPH to Capitol Hill, forecasters say.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service predicted the worst of the wind was likely to begin slamming into our our area starting after 4 PM.

UPDATE 3:50 PM: Forecasters say the strongest winds approaching 50 MPH will hit Seattle from 6 to 8 PM as the storm tracks more westerly than some models projected. In general, that should be good news for our area of the Puget Sound.

UPDATE: 4:20 PM: Some of the biggest damage of the day wasn’t directly storm related. Here’s a report and pictures from Ernie of an awning incident at the Egyptian Theater Saturday on E Pine:

Breaking News! Trailer Truck hits the awning at the Egyptian Theater causing extensive damage to the awning! TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival will still continue as attendees can enter via the side entrance in the alley

screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-6-53-35-pmUPDATE 6:45 PM: The heavy winds and rains have arrived with reports of a downpour coming in from around the Hill. Batten down the hatches.

Seattle City Light, meanwhile, reports around 3,000 customers without power across areas of Portage Bay, Montlake, and Eastlake north of Capitol Hill.

UPDATE 7:38 PM: The National Weather Service says the worst (such as it was) has passed for Seattle:

Friday, the middle of the wave of three storms converging on the Pacific Northwest, brought damaged trees and scattered power outages including the largest in our area just south of Capitol Hill where at one point during the day some 3,000 customers were in the dark after a branch fell on wires and caused utility pole transformers to explode.

Saturday began with most outages restored. The live map below update with the from Seattle City Light. You can view the latest Capitol Hill weather conditions here.

Saturday, officials asked people to plan for a night indoors and to stay away from tree-lined areas as much as possible. Falling branches and trees have caused a handful of deaths in past major windstorms in the reason. Friday, a four-year-old child was seriously injured by a falling branch in West Seattle, according to Seattle Fire.

Here is the extensive City of Seattle storm safety “checklist” including information about boosted homeless shelters this weekend for the storm:

Storm Safety Information

  • Please call 911 to report downed lines, do not touch or attempt to remove lines that have fallen during the storm.
  • If you lose power at home, please call (206) 684-3000 to report the outage or call the Power Outage Hotline at (206) 684-7400 to hear a recorded message with power restoration updates.
  • Because of the timing of tomorrow’s storm, there may be challenges with travel throughout the city tomorrow evening and Sunday morning.
  • For individuals using life-sustaining and medical equipment, please contact and register with your utility company. For more information call (206) 684-3020.
  • Remember to treat intersections that are impacted by power outages as four-way stops.
  • Check the Metro and Sound Transit websites for any impacts to your transit routes.
  • Maintain gutters, downspouts, rain barrels, private culverts by keeping them clean, flowing and directed away from properties and hillsides.
  • Keep storm drains free of leaves and other debris to prevent streets from flooding. Be sure to stay out of the road when raking.
  • All Seattle Parks and Recreation grass athletic fields, including West Seattle Stadium, will be closed through the weekend. Most importantly, please remember to safe and use extreme caution outdoors.
  • Seattle Parks has cancelled programs and activities in parks across the system. For the most up-to-date information please visit
  • Generally, we want to remind you that if you do lose power, keep grills, camping stoves and generators outside. Fuel burning appliances are sources of carbon monoxide, a dangerous and poisonous gas.
  • Have an emergency preparedness kit ready to help you get through until power is restored.
  • Storms can create a storm surge impacting high-tide. For information pertaining to tides visit NOAA.
  • A temporary, emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness will be open at theSeattle Center Fisher Pavilion – near 2nd & Thomas, south of Key Arena.   The co-ed adult shelter will open on Saturday and Sunday from 7 PM to 7PM. This shelter can accommodate 100 people.
  • King County Shelter for adult Males has expanded capacity to serve 50 additional men Friday through Tuesday, 10/14 – 10/18.  The King County Shelter is located at the King County Administration Building at 500 4th Avenue in Seattle.  The shelter opens at 7 PM.
  • The City Hall Co-ed shelter at 600 4th Ave in Seattle will expand capacity Friday through Tuesday 10/14 – 10/18 with an emphasis on accommodating women seeking shelter.  The shelter is open from 7PM to 6AM.
  • Sign up and use AlertSeattle at for up-to-date information from the City ofSeattle
  • The City will have additional staff and crews available throughout the evening and weekend to respond to emergencies as they arise. The Seattle Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center will be activated throughout the weekend.
  • The City has assigned additional staff and crews available throughout the evening and weekend to respond to emergencies as they arise.
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6 thoughts on “Capitol Hill #seattlestorm watch

  1. Why do people think they need bottled water for a big storm? If the power goes out, that doesn’t affect the water system (the only possible exception would be if you live in a high rise and the water can’t make it up to your apartment)

    It’s important to have bottle water on hand in case of an earthquake, but buying it up for a windstorm is just silly.

    • I guess water is listed at the top of every “survival kit.” And they’re probably conditioned by Nestle. At least they’ll have it on hand for a real emergency.

    • ” (the only possible exception would be if you live in a high rise and the water can’t make it up to your apartment)”
      Almost everyplace on Capitol Hill is on “a hill” and requires the aid of pump stations. The water is pumped into tanks on top of the taller buildings so there is water pressure. If the pump stations stop working some people may have water short time due to a holding tank, but our water now comes from about 20 miles away. We no longer have a local reservoir that is used.