Yakima is cleaning up from a major windstorm, with isolated snow showers and cold temperatures in the forecast on Thanksgiving.
The highest wind gust was recorded at 50 mph on Wednesday in Yakima, according to the National Weather Service. The wind downed trees and caused power outages around the Yakima Valley.
About 200 customers were without power on Thursday morning, with outages reported outside Toppenish and Sunnyside, according to Pacific Power.
Falling trees knocked down power lines in the 9000 block of Duffield Road and the 500 block of Fourth Street in Selah, authorities said. Road closures because of falling trees and power lines were reported on Webster Avenue between 32nd Avenue and 34th Avenue and East E Street between Third and Fourth streets, a city of Yakima news release said. Two pine trees came down at the Polly Lane Apartments in Terrace Heights at 8 S. 41st St. One fell onto an apartment unit, and the other went down on the lawn and didn’t fall on any structures. No one was hurt.
Solar panels that blew off a building on North First Street onto West Lincoln Avenue were cleaned up on Wednesday afternoon. The “Bins of Light” art installation nearby did not suffer any damage, according to the city of Yakima.
Two trees in Miller Park in northeast Yakima were blown over by the wind.
Yakima’s community Christmas tree was felled by the wind at Millennium Plaza downtown at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The tree suffered only minimal damage and will be put upright early next week. Nothing else nearby was damaged, the city said.
The high on Thanksgiving should be 36 degrees, the weather service said. Friday’s forecast calls for sunny skies, with a high near 35 and northwest winds of 5 to 9 mph.