Strong winds, power outages, rainbow reward

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After the winds died down yesterday, a rainbow could be seen briefly over Anderson Island.

Good morning Longbranch.

Thank goodness the thunderstorms are behind us now. The wind and rain wreaked havoc all around the Puget Sound.

Here is what The News Tribune in Tacoma reported on our power outage: “On the Key Peninsula, Peninsula Light Co. said about 5 p.m. that a tree down on Lackey Road cut power to 5,700 customers in the Lake Bay and Vaughn areas, and that the Longbranch area was also affected. Crews expected the repairs to take about four hours.”

For more go here: Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/05/13/2595998/thunderstorms-cause-power-outages.html#storylink=cpy

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A Peninsula Light Co. truck sitting on the intersection of 80th and the Key Peninsula Highway at 6:30 p.m.

We were without power from around 4 p.m. Electricity in our house was not restored until close to 8 p.m.

We can safely say that the thunderstorms are behind us now. I heard earlier yesterday the National Weather Service had reported about 60 lightning strikes in Western Washington. That means the number of lightning that actually struck the ground. No injuries were reported.

Damage from the wind can be attributed partly to the timing of the wind storm. The storm hit us just as trees are getting leaves back.

It looked like this old-fashioned windstorm hit us after a rather “wimpy windstorm season” that produced only “modest ‘pruning’ by winter winds, writes Cliff Mass.

For more of Mass’ take on the storm, which is pretty interesting, go here: http://cliffmass.blogspot.com

Beyond the inconvenience of not having power, Drayton’s Passage was a beautiful sight after the winds died down. We even enjoyed a rainbow around 6 p.m.

It will be sunnier and cooler today. It is currently 46 degrees and the weather geeks are saying the high today will only hit 66.

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