A huge windstorm – what one local weather chaser called a ‘truly unique tempest’ and classified as a ‘1 in 10 year category’ – slammed the region early Sunday morning, knocking out power to thousands.

The storm hit around 1 a.m. and continued for two or so hours, with gusts up to 60 mph – perhaps the strongest wind storm since 2006 – knocking down branches, trees, fences and just about anything not tied down.

“The damaging windstorm has caused widespread outages around our service area, with the heaviest damage concentrated in King, Pierce and Thurston counties,” Puget Sound Energy said. “As of 11 a.m. there are approximately 181,000 customers without power. While we will be working as quickly as we safely can, we expect that some customers may be without power for multiple days.” (see Puget Sound Energy’s Outage Map here.)

Here are some photos of damage seen near Burien’s Eagle Landing Park parking lot, courtesy Shelli Park:

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