Photo of a couple of windstorm victims at Three Tree Point by Scott Schaefer

An incredibly strong, blustery windstorm – with gusts over 59 MPH – whipped through the region overnight, knocking out power to well, most everybody in south King County.

The National Weather Service said that peak wind gusts occurred between midnight and 1:15 a.m., and that’s when most power went out, most likely due to falling trees and branches.

Seattle City Light says that power won’t be restored to most customers until around 8 p.m. Wednesday night. As of 11 a.m., City Light said that over 41,000 customers were still without power, down from a peak of 72,000.

Puget Sound Energy said that – as of 4:30 a.m. – it had approximately 315,000 customers without power.

The awning on Classic Eats in Olde Burien was blown down. Photo courtesy John White.