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Update: Car off 1st Avenue S. bridge ramp, driver in hospital

(Added 1:03 am: Photos by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
11:32 PM: Just outside West Seattle, a driver is reported to be seriously hurt after her vehicle went off the 1st Avenue South Bridge near/at the Michigan exit.

She’s been taken to the hospital, and Seattle Police‘s Traffic Collision Investigation Squad has been called out. SDOT cameras don’t show any effect on the bridge right now, but if you’re headed that way, on surface streets or the bridge, now you know what’s going on.

12:01 AM: Update from SPD via Twitter: “Preliminary investigation indicates excessive speed a contributing factor to crash. S River St will be completely shut down for about 2 (hours).” Police also say the driver was the only person in the car.

1:55 AM: A bit more information has just been posted on SPD Blotter, including:

… On November 2nd at approximately 10:36 p.m. officers responded to a one-vehicle collision in the 100 block of South River Street. Preliminary investigation indicates that a woman was driving her Honda Accord northbound across the 1st Avenue South Bridge. She entered the Michigan Street off-ramp at what appears to be a high rate of speed, lost control of her car and went over the concrete barrier, landing on South River Street below. The female driver was the sole occupant of her car. There were no other vehicles involved in the collision.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the woman to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening head injuries.

Election 2013: 2 more days for ballot-dropoff van in West Seattle

Tuesday night is your deadline to vote – and if you want to save the cost of a stamp, you have two more chances to use the King County Elections dropoff van in West Seattle. Today was the first of three days in the West Seattle Stadium parking lot (4432 35th SW); by mid-afternoon, Cindy (above) and Sharon were almost up to 100 ballots. The van will be back 10 am-5 pm Monday and 10 am-8 pm Tuesday; those same days/times, you can also find one in White Center’s Greenbridge, just south of the city/county line (9720 8th SW). All the other options for returning your ballot are listed on this KC Elections webpage.

High-school football post-season: WSHS vs. Lakeside

November 2, 2013 7:26 pm
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With everything else happening today – there was post-season high-school football too. In one of three games involving local teams, West Seattle High School played a 4 pm game at Memorial Stadium downtown; final score, Lakeside 41, WSHS 14.

West Seattle weather updates: Saturday pm wind damage, street closures, even … surfing

(SCROLL DOWN for new photos, updates … EARLIER COVERAGE from morning/early pm can be seen here)

We’re launching a new report here (see the previous six hours of as-it-happened coverage here) with several updates:

*National Weather Service has now upped our area to “high wind warning” status until 4 pm – warning of gusts up to 60 mph (which Alki Point has seen already) – with the lower-level “wind advisory” remaining in effect until 8 pm

*Mayor McGinn‘s 2:30 pm “town hall” at Delridge Branch Library is canceled because of the power outage caused by the pole problem seen in the photo above (thanks to Anne at Ventana Construction [WSB sponsor] for sending it – shortly afterward, we went through the area and saw City Light working on repairs. Delridge was closed southbound at the time but the crew appeared to be wrapping up.

*Via Twitter, Cam reports a broken/wobbling pole just north of The Junction, with Seattle Police closing Andover between California and 42nd – similar problem is affecting Dakota (many people have been messaging us to ask about this).

*Some in North Delridge and on Pigeon Point who had been without power the past couple hours have just reported they’re back.

*The wind is wreaking havoc with fences in some spots –

(added) That photo was taken at a home along Erskine Way.

Thanks for the storm reports – 206-293-6302 (text or voice) or e-mail – more to come.

2:39 PM UPDATE: The photo above is from SW Dakota at California, blocked off because of downed lines. Any place you see police/yellow tape, today it’s more likely to be that type of problem than a crime scene. Meantime, we’ve just received photos of somebody going surfing near Alki Point – first photo is from John Legge:

Bryan Jones says the surfer caught at least one wave, briefly, not long after this:

3:29 PM UPDATE: Two updates with photos shared via the WSB Facebook page – Trileigh Tucker reports trees down inside Lincoln Park, blocking paths in some cases:

And from “Mt. Hood’s Most Wanted” – the aforementioned surfer, actually catching a wave:

Some West Seattleites are still without power – the biggest pocket, as shown on the Seattle City Light outage map, appears to be in the Lowman Beach vicinity. City Light says it’s hoping to have three-fourths of those without power around its service area – North Seattle’s been hit the hardest – back by 8 pm.

4 PM UPDATE: Traffic note, though we’re not sure if it’s storm-related – southbound I-5 at the West Seattle Bridge exit, there’s a one-vehicle rollover; scanner traffic indicates no one’s hurt.

5:35 PM UPDATE: The alerts/advisories have all expired – our area is now “in the clear” on the National Weather Service/Seattle home-page map. However, the Lowman Beach/north Lincoln Park area outage isn’t fixed yet. And that’s brought a generator to Lowman Beach’s Murray Pump Station:

We’re checking with the county to see if there was any overflow because of the outage.

7:01 PM UPDATE: Just went around to see how things looked as night fell. Dusk at Constellation Park – still blustery/choppy, as our quick Instagram clip shows:

A section of south Gatewood Hill was still out, with traffic lights dark lining both sides of California SW for a few blocks. That part of the outage isn’t shown on the official map, though.

West Seattle wildlife: Rare white pelican visiting

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Trileigh Tucker has shared some beautiful bird photos here in recent years – but these are the first ones of an American White Pelican!

Even brown pelicans are seldom seen here in the Puget Sound area (though one visited West Seattle last winter). This one turned up in the Lincoln Park/Lowman Beach area; we also have a photo of the white pelican on the water, courtesy of Emily Austin:

Emily says this is the second consecutive day she’s seen the pelican. According to the Seattle Audubon website, their range in our state is usually closer to the Columbia River.

West Seattle weekend scene: Bike-trail cleanup volunteers brave the wind

This morning’s gusty wind and occasional rain didn’t daunt hardy volunteers who showed up to clean up the bike trail beneath/north of the West Seattle Bridge. This is the cleanup organized by Dave Winters of Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsor), an avid bike rider, who’s at right below with his bike-riding partners Scott and Valerie Schorn:

A few other cleanups were scheduled today elsewhere in our area – including one at WSHS until 1 pm, and a Green Seattle Day hub in the West Duwamish Greenbelt; haven’t been able to check on those yet, but we did get word (thanks, Mark!) that the Friends of Lincoln Park event was postponed.

West Seattle weather: 1st Saturday report, with wind, power outages, more

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This was our coverage from 8 am until almost 2 pm; our current storm report is here)

(Thanks to Michael de Haan for the whitecaps/falling-leaves view of Elliott Bay!)
8:05 AM: If you’ve looked, or been, outside, you know the wind has kicked up as predicted. The alert from the National Weather Service is still a “wind advisory,” in effect until 8 pm, with sustained wind expected up to about 35 mph out of the south-southwest, gusts to 45 or so. We’ll update if the forecast changes; please let us know if there’s major weather-related trouble where you are, or if any scheduled events are canceled/postponed by the weather – 206-293-6302 text or voice if it’s urgent, otherwise. Thanks!

8:30 AM UPDATE: Getting the first power-outage reports of the day – so far, from Highland Park, from Puget Ridge, from Riverview. Traffic light is reported out at 8th/Roxbury. (As of 8:45 am, these outages are NOT yet on the City Light map; please be sure to call SCL if you’re out.)

9 AM UPDATE: City Light says the outages are at least in part related to a vehicle hitting a pole. A commenter says that crash is on Highland Park Way. More than 2,000 homes/businesses affected so far. Meantime, weather readings at the top of the hour include a 52-mph gust at Alki Point (K91S on this list).

9:13 AM UPDATE: 1-car crash reported on the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct @ Seneca offramp. Per scanner, the Seneca offramp will be closed for a while because of it.

9:27 AM UPDATE: The outage is now on City Light’s map; screengrab above. Though they are referring to it as “Delridge,” that’s only in the sense of the city’s description of ALL of east West Seattle as “Delridge” – the outage areas, as already mentioned here, are east of Delridge. Meantime, we found the crash that is blamed for at least some of the outage – it’s in the 7000 block of Highland Park Way:

9:40 AM UPDATE: Beth says the Admiral Way exit off the bridge is closed. Don’t know why – we’re monitoring scanner and other channels, haven’t heard anything.

10:08 AM UPDATE: If you’re reading this on your phone, here’s the mobile link to the City Light outage map. Note that the 2,000+ customers without power in our area stretch past Roxbury into White Center. We’ve just been down to Alki Point, which is recording the strongest wind:

Also note that the hardy cleanup crew along the bike trail beneath the bridge IS out – we found them too! Our event list for the day has been delayed because of storm coverage but our calendar is open 24/7.

10:20 AM UPDATE: Multiple reports of power coming back ON in areas where it’s been out for about two hours. Cool link shared by Beach Drive Blog: Wind speeds noted on the “ferry weather” map.

10:47 AM UPDATE: Power flickers at 41st/Genesee, according to @JunctionMeg via Twitter. City Light map, meantime, shows most of the West Seattle/White Center outage zone no longer out, confirming what commenters are saying (but let us know if you’re experiencing otherwise!).

11:24 AM UPDATE: Scattered outages continue to happen – just received e-mail about power just going out in the West Marginal/17th SW vicinity. Shortly thereafter, also heard from Lowman Beach and Pigeon Point, where Pete Spalding reports, “We have lived in our house for 14 years this month and for the very first time we have lost power.”

11:48 AM UPDATE: Part of North Delridge, too. And a reminder – don’t assume somebody already called in your outage; City Light requests calls at 206-684-7400 or 206-684-3000. Also out, part of east Gatewood, per commenter Tony. The City Light map doesn’t appear to have caught up with the latest West Seattle outage reports yet, so be cautious in using it to judge where you should travel. Also, if you aren’t tracking citywide reports, the 520 bridge is closed because of big waves. *added* Also, reports of wires down in the 6700 block of Murray near Lowman Beach, plus 14th/Holly.

12:24 PM UPDATE: Per scanner, traffic signal at Delridge/Oregon is out.

1:57 PM UPDATE: We’ve just launched an afternoon report with new developments – please go here for further updates and to share comments from here on out – thanks!