Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event High Wind
Magnitude 52 kts.
State WASHINGTON
County/Area SAN JUAN
WFO SEW
Report Source Newspaper
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2006-12-14 20:00:00.0 PST-8
End Date 2006-12-15 05:00:00.0 PST-8
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 1.00M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A strong Pacific Ocean rain and wind storm struck Washington on the night of Dec 14th through the morning of the 15th. The storm initially brought one to two inches of heavy rainfall to parts of western Washington on the 14th, producing areas of urban and small stream flooding and overwhelming drainage systems. Widespread strong damaging winds followed, impacting the entire state as the storm center tracked from well off the coast east across the region near the British Columbia border. In western Washington, peak winds reached 80 to 90 mph along the coast and elsewhere 60 to 75 mph. A few locations had gusts as high 85 mph in the interior. Mountain areas recorded peak wind speeds reached in excess of 100 mph, including 113 mph at Chinook Pass and 100 mph at Sunrise in Mt Rainier National Park. The wind storm, the strongest since the 1993 Inauguration Day Wind Storm, blew down thousands of trees and knocked power out to close to 1.5 million customers in western Washington. The strong winds damaged major transmission lines, power poles and other power utility infrastructure. Trees also fell onto houses, street signs, street lights, parked cars, fences, railings and rooftops. There were four fatalities as a direct result of the storm and eleven indirect fatalities following the storm from carbon monoxide poisoning, encountering downed power lines and a candle started house fire. Three people in western Washington were killed by fallen trees and one person drowned in Seattle when their basement filled with rain runoff. Eight of the indirect fatalities were from carbon monoxide poisoning and another 275 people were treated from the poisoning in King county alone. Two people were electrocuted by downed power lines and one man died after his home burned apparently started by a candle used for light. 36 people were directly injured by the wind storm.
Event Narrative Several boats sank or washed ashore in Fisherman Bay on Lopez Island. Wind gusts were estimated to 100 mph.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 4 36 56.450M 0.00K
KIRKLAND KING CO. WA 12/14/2006 12:00 PST-8 Heavy Rain 0 0 1.000M 0.00K
CENTRAL COAST (ZONE) CENTRAL COAST (ZONE) WA 12/14/2006 13:00 PST-8 High Wind 78 kts. MG 0 1 1.600M 0.00K
LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY AREA (ZO... LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY AREA (ZO... WA 12/14/2006 15:00 PST-8 High Wind 78 kts. MG 1 1 1.000M 0.00K
SEATTLE KING CO. WA 12/14/2006 16:00 PST-8 Flash Flood 1 0 750.00K 0.00K
NORTH COAST (ZONE) NORTH COAST (ZONE) WA 12/14/2006 17:00 PST-8 High Wind 70 kts. MG 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
SOUTHWEST INTERIOR (ZONE) SOUTHWEST INTERIOR (ZONE) WA 12/14/2006 17:00 PST-8 High Wind 66 kts. MG 0 0 2.000M 0.00K
TACOMA AREA (ZONE) TACOMA AREA (ZONE) WA 12/14/2006 18:00 PST-8 High Wind 50 kts. MG 2 2 11.000M 0.00K
ADMIRALTY INLET AREA (ZONE) ADMIRALTY INLET AREA (ZONE) WA 12/14/2006 19:00 PST-8 High Wind 68 kts. MG 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
HOOD CANAL AREA (ZONE) HOOD CANAL AREA (ZONE) WA 12/14/2006 20:00 PST-8 High Wind 64 kts. MG 0 0 2.800M 0.00K
WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY (ZONE) WESTERN SKAGIT COUNTY (ZONE) WA 12/14/2006 20:00 PST-8 High Wind 74 kts. MG 0 1 1.000M 0.00K
SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA (ZONE) SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA (ZONE) WA 12/14/2006 20:00 PST-8 High Wind 64 kts. MG 0 15 16.800M 0.00K
EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS (ZON... EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS (ZON... WA 12/14/2006 20:00 PST-8 High Wind 59 kts. MG 0 16 10.000M 0.00K
EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA... EASTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA... WA 12/14/2006 20:00 PST-8 High Wind 36 kts. MS 0 0 300.00K 0.00K
SAN JUAN (ZONE) SAN JUAN (ZONE) WA 12/14/2006 20:00 PST-8 High Wind 52 kts. MG 0 0 1.000M 0.00K
WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA... WESTERN STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA... WA 12/14/2006 20:00 PST-8 High Wind 59 kts. MG 0 0 300.00K 0.00K
WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY (ZONE) WESTERN WHATCOM COUNTY (ZONE) WA 12/14/2006 20:00 PST-8 High Wind 52 kts. MG 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
EVERETT AND VICINITY (ZONE) EVERETT AND VICINITY (ZONE) WA 12/14/2006 20:00 PST-8 High Wind 57 kts. MG 0 0 5.400M 0.00K
Totals: 4 36 56.450M 0.00K