Seattle weather: Power outages, crashes amid heavy June rain

Rain is expected to continue to affect the region well into the morning, particularly in the northern Puget Sound region.

SEATTLE — Tens of thousands of people are without power and multiple crashes are disrupting travel early in the morning after an unusual period of rain in Western Washington.

The KING 5 Weather Team says a rare late-season atmospheric river brings what Western Washington usually sees in precipitation totals for the entire month in just three days.

The heaviest rain fell overnight Sunday into Monday morning and is expected to impact morning travel. Drivers must slow down on the roads and leave with more time to reach their destination.

The wind will also gust between 30 and 40 miles per hour throughout the day, according to the KING 5 weather team.

Puget Sound Energy reports more than 28,500 customers were without power as of 6 a.m. Monday.

Tacoma Public Utilities reports more than 24,000 customers were without power around 6 a.m. Monday morning. The Snohomish Public Utility District is now reporting that nearly 6,800 customers were without power as of 6 a.m., after that number fell below 400 early Monday morning. An outage in downtown Seattle is affecting about 7,000 customers, according to Seattle City Light.

The Washington State Department of Transportation reported several crashes on Interstate 5 blocking lanes early in the morning between Tacoma and Seattle.

Washington State Patrol Trooper John Dattilo reported that a tractor-trailer collided with a barrier on northbound I-5, just south of State Route 101, around 3 a.m. 41, near Tumwater. Traffic is being diverted onto Deschutes Way while cleanup continues.

School delays

Bethel School District: 2 hours late. Right At School and Bethel Acceleration Academy will also operate two hours late. There will be no half-day preschool, no late start or early exit programs, no out-of-district transportation, no Challenge program, and no transportation to Challenger Middle or Challenger High School. Morning classes at the Pierce County Skills Center are also canceled.

Seattle Preparatory SchoolDue to a power outage, we will be using a late departure time this morning (June 3, 2024). Classes will start at 9:30 a.m. Morning shuttles will operate on a normal late departure schedule. Zero-hour classes and extracurricular activities are canceled.

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Road closures

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Power outages

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