West Seattle storm scenes: Anybody seen a lost dock?

December 17, 2012 at 9:43 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 3 Comments

(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
Anyone seen a dock? After the big-surf day on Beach Drive, Kathleen is missing one from the 5400 block. She says: “I’m certain we are not the only ones, but if you end up with an unfamiliar dock on or near your beach, please post a pic or give me a call at 206-734-5992.”

That’s just one of today’s many storm stories. We covered the high wind, high waves, and high tide as it all unfolded this morning – see our morning coverage here for as-it-happened video and photos – but tonight, we have one more look at a day that won’t soon be forgotten. WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams captured the fierce beauty …

… and the hard work:

That’s Rhonda Porter and son Taylor carrying water-pump hoses to a neighbor’s home. It was a day for neighbors helping neighbors, and for the Seattle Fire Department to be called in here and there:

The water caused some electrical trouble here and there.

Eight more photos ahead:

Time and time again, waves rushed up, water rushed out:

Each time, some water was left behind – until and unless swept and/or pumped away:

Back at the Porters’ place, they, like other families on the water, sprang into action to fix that – Rob and Taylor keeping watch here:

The water at its highest, during the tide peak in the 8 am hour, brought driftwood logs dangerously close, too:

Back along the public waterfront at Constellation Park, some watched at a safe distance:

Some, like Jim Kaiser, worked to clean up what the water brought ashore:

And others just jogged on by …

… while the water surged below:

The “king tides” (explained here) are not over yet; high tide tomorrow morning around 9 am will only be a bit lower than today – on the chart, anyway; without the howling wind, it should deal more gently with those along the water.


  1. Just came back from walking Alki and the amount of water is really cool – looks nothing like the old Alki!

    Comment by Heather — 11:03 pm December 17, 2012 #

  2. There is a green square dock in the beach in front of LaRustica.

    Comment by Greg Potts — 8:34 am December 18, 2012 #

  3. Our little toy town: battered and steadfast.

    Comment by shed22 — 11:12 pm December 18, 2012 #

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