With only a few wires down and sparking here and there (no worries!), Capitol Hill made it through a blustery, “wettest Seattle September day ever recorded” Saturday mostly unscathed and with its electricity grid providing service through the day even as around 20,000 customers lost power across the city.
The National Weather Service says you can expect more of the same Sunday:
Today Rain. High near 59. Breezy, with a south wind 21 to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Tonight Showers, mainly before 11pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 50. Windy, with a south southwest wind 25 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Monday Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 18 to 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
UPDATE 10:12 AM: So much for that! Report of a power line drooping and in contact with a metal sign near 17th and Denny has followed reports of a loud boom in the area and power outages. We’ll update when we know more about the service disruption. UPDATE x2: 430 without power — City Light still determining extent of damage.
UPDATE: Sounds like the bluster is being elevated. Here’s the latest high wind warning from NWS:
...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 AM PDT MONDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 AM PDT MONDAY. * SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...SEATTLE...FEDERAL WAY...SHORELINE... BREMERTON...SILVERDALE...POULSBO...KINGSTON...SEABECK...AND THE HOOD CANAL BRIDGE AREA. * TIMING...THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR THIS EVENING. * WIND...INCREASING FROM THE SOUTH AT 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 50 TO 60 MPH. * IMPACTS...HIGH WINDS CAN TOPPLE TREES...DOWN POWER LINES...AND DAMAGE PROPERTY. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS THAT A HAZARDOUS WIND EVENT IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.