Why Saturday's storm didn't hit Seattle like predicted

Rich Marriot and Mary Lee recap the storm.

SEATTLE -- The track of Saturday’s storm moved west off the coast of Washington, bringing a weaker system over the Puget Sound area than expected.

“That’s all it took to make a difference,” said KING Meteorologist Rich Marriott.

More than 20,000 customers in the Seattle area were left without power and down trees were reported across the region, but storm damage wasn’t nearly as bad as forecasted.

“We’re getting a lot of people saying, ‘Oh, you over hyped it.’ But based on the scientific stuff we had going into it, to ignore it would have been irresponsible,” said Marriott.

 

“We’re glad that people were ready – they were prepared. And still we did have some strong wind gusts, 50 to 55 mph wind gusts for Puget Sound. We had gusts up to 65 along the coast. It wasn’t a catastrophic wind event and we’re glad that did not happen,” said KING Meteorologist Mary Lee.

 

If you did fully prepare for the storm, you’re ready for our fall weather season.

(© 2016 KING)


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