Storm ushers in fall with wind, rain
A fall storm slammed Seward Monday with almost an inch of rain and wind gusts that knocked down trees and turned out the lights in the area.
The trouble started over the weekend as a the air pressure in the gulf dropped due to the storm. Hurricane wind warnings were issued for the Gulf of Alaska causing the season’s last cruise ship, the Holland America Line Statendaam to remain in port despite a scheduled Sunday night departure.
After almost and inch of rain on Monday, Tuesday saw over an 1.5 inches inch of rain, much of it falling sideways because of the wind gusts. Flood warnings were issued for small streams in the area and, as of press time Tuesday night, were in effect until mid-day Wednesday.
The wind picked up in the early evening Monday and trees started to come down. Electricity was out in town from about 5 to 6:15 p.m. and again from around 7:45 to 10:30 p.m. most due to trees falling on power lines, according to the city of Seward.
Tuesday evening Questa Woods was still without power. The city crew was still on the scene working to isolate the problem with the underground service.
Trees came down throughout the area, many causing damage to homes and property.
Water levels in low lying areas like Clear Creek rose into basements and septic systems.
The weather station at Seward Airport report on http://www.weatherunderground.com showed .97 inches of rain for Monday and wind gusts up to 32 miles per hour. The Tuesday report showed 1.64 inches of rain and gusts up to 21 mph
Tuesday night the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
reported that the storm was weakening.