Strong winds from a powerful thunderstorm knocked a tree into a house in Edgewood, Pierce County, Monday afternoon. (East Pierce Fire and Rescue via Twitter)

Thunderstorms, lightning strikes pummel Western Washington

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A Silverdale woman was injured Monday after a tree crashed into her home, just one of many incidents reported across Western Washington after a powerful band of thunderstorms rolled across the region Monday afternoon.

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.

Stephanie Klein, Editor
Stephanie joined the team in February 2008. She has built the site into a two-time National Edward R. Murrow Award winner (Best Radio Website 2010, 2012).
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