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Winds roar through PA, downing trees, knocking out power

December 15th, 2006 - 6:00am

(Port Angeles) -- A big storm roared through the North Olympic Peninsula overnight, disrupting power, tipping garbage pods and downing trees.

Port Angeles Police are asking residents to stay in their homes this morning as trees and power lines are down citywide with electricity out in more than half the city.

Most of the traffic lights in town are off.

Drivers must use the four-way stop procedure and yield to the vehicle on your right at a traffic light without power.

Port Angeles and Crescent Schools are closed for today.

Schools will be closed today in Port Townsend and Chimacum.

Sequim schools will be operating on their normal schedules.

Clallam PUD dispatcher Quimby Moon says there are power outages across the county.

All the power is out in Neah Bay, but most of the Forks area has electricity.

Moon says it's "pretty ugly" west of Port Angeles, with no power in most areas off of Highway 112.

He says there are power outages in the Sequim area, but they are sporadic and not wide-spread.

Moon says power is out in the Deer Park, Monroe Rd and Mount Pleasant areas.

The winds picked up after midnight in Port Angeles with gusts around 50 miles per hour.

Arcing power lines occasionally illuminated the darkness across town.

Shortly after 2 this morning, Port Angeles firefighters responded to the Welcome Inn Trailer Park as large tree limbs broke through the windows of a mobile home. No one was injured.

A carport reportedly was ripped from a home in the west-end of PA.

Highway 101 west of Port Angeles is closed at Pine Street.

Yet more trees are down on the Tumwater Truck Route.

A tree is down on Highway 112 at Freshwater Bay.

The canopy was ripped from the Dynasty Restaurant at First and Lincoln.

The heavy rain overwhelmed drains on Edgewood Drive near Airport Road.

Opening weekend at Hurricane Ridge is cancelled due to high winds and heavy snow.

Paratransit has cancelled all services except life support and cancer patients.

The Transportation Department reopened the Hood Canal floating bridge just after five this morning.

It had been closed since about eight last night by high winds.

The department says it hopes to reopen the Tacoma Narrows Bridge by 6:30.

Forecasters say winds will ease later today. But a high wind warning remains in effect until mid-day.

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