A family of two adults and three children is getting help from the Red Cross after a large tree came down onto their double-wide mobile home. Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue reports that the incident happened about 2 pm yesterday afternoon, at a home in the 100 block of Kitchen Drive, off of Pacific Avenue North, just past Rocky Point, near Holcomb Road. Cowlitz 2 says that the mother of the family and a child were in the house when the tree fell, but neither one was hurt. They say that the tree took out a 10 to 12-foot section of wall, also caving in the roof. Fire officials say that the family declined Red Cross assistance at first, but they accepted that help later in the afternoon. Two adults and three children were displaced by the “weather-related home disaster,” and are now getting basic things like housing, food, clothing, comfort kits and other assistance from the Red Cross. No injuries were reported; it was noted that this tree had been marked for possible removal after the last storm season.
It’s also reported that a falling tree took out a power line and also hit a car on Ocean Beach Highway near Stella, an incident that happened a few minutes before 3 pm. No injuries were reported, and the scene was cleared within a half-hour.
The Cowlitz PUD reports that the power is on for everybody this morning, but they were scrambling to deal with outages all over the county. More than 2,700 customers lost power at some point during yesterday’s storm, with outages reported in Kalama, along Sunset Way in Longview, the Ryderwood-Vader area, Castle Rock-Delameter, Silver Lake and Baker’s Corner. Outage were also reported in Wahkiakum County.
This is now being called a “moderate” storm by forecasters; we had a peak gust of 31 miles an hour at the Southwest Washington Regional Airport in Kelso, also 31 miles an hour in Longview. Kalama’s peak gust was also 31 miles an hour, while they had a gust of 24 miles an hour in Castle Rock. Just over a half-inch of rain was recorded at the Airport, Longview had 31 hundredths, Castle Rock got nearly an inch, and Kalama had four-tenths of an inch of rain. Abernathy Mountain had a peak gust of 52 miles an hour, with nearly an inch-and-a-half of rain. Naselle Ridge recorded a peak gust of 89 miles an hour early yesterday afternoon. Another wet and windy system is expected to come ashore tonight, but the wind gusts should not be as strong.