Thunderstorms, lightning strikes pummel Western Washingtonon May 13, 2013 @ 12:21 pm (Updated: 6:26 pm - 5/13/13 )
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The Silverdale woman managed to call firefighters after a tree fell into house in the 13000 block of Lakeridge Circle NW.
Officials say she was pinned in her bed upstairs by the tree and roof materials. A medic unit transported her to Harrison Bremerton with leg injuries and other moderate injuries.
The woman had reportedly fallen asleep but had her cell phone nearby and was able to call 911.
There were numerous other reports of trees crashing into cars and homes as the storm brought strong winds and heavy rain to the area.
At Green River Community College in Auburn, several trees fell onto cars. A tree fell on a house in Edgewood, Pierce County, east of Fife.
"It looks like it's 9 o'clock at night right now," Dori Monson noted on KIRO Radio Monday afternoon. "This may be the darkest May 13th in the history of humankind. It could be today's sign the end is near."
Puget Sound Energy reported over 22,000 outages across the area including a number in Renton, Poulsbo, Fall City, Sumner, Auburn, Maple Valley and Issaquah.
"We had over 30 lightning strikes in the area," said meteorologist Josh Smith with the National Weather Service in Seattle. "They were just east of Seattle mostly, but we had a few strikes in Seattle and out on the Kitsap Peninsula."
But as they say, if you don't like the weather around here, just wait a few minutes. Tuesday is expected to be sunny and showers return again on Wednesday. The weekend forecast includes both rain and sun.
Twelve Seattle police officers will begin using new body-worn cameras next week
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