MEDICAL LAKE, Wash.—The wind blew the roof off of a building north of Medical Lake on Monday. Nobody was inside of the building at the time.
The wind damaged the building around 2:00 p.m. National Weather Service officials said it was a gust front that caused the damage. The gust front ushered in powerful winds just ahead of a thunderstorm in the area. A gust front is when a leading edge of cool air gets out in front of a fast moving storm causing down and up drafts along straight line winds.
The estimated wind speed was 35 mph when it hit the building.
The former motel was being used as an apartment building.
There were two people living in the apartment building. Neither of them were hurt. One person was inside the building when the roof blew off. He said he slept through the whole event.
Another man, 92-year-old bud Glasgow, said the area gets a lot of wind.
“I was just going to go in the garage and I heard this whooosh kinda,” said Glasgow.
Glasgow lives about 50 yards from the apartment.
“It was pretty loud but it didn't last very long...I seen that then it was gone,” said Glasgow.
Another neighbor said the gust front sounded like a plane crash.