Seattle Storms Leave Two Dead, Including Girl, 10, Killed At Birthday Party After Being Struck By Falling Tree Limb

Powerful storms blew through the Seattle area, which caused trees to topple and caused massive power outages. The storms were responsible for the deaths of two people, including a 10-year-old girl who was struck by a falling tree branch as she attended a birthday party. The second victim was a father who was driving to Costco with his 3-year-old daughter when a tree fell on his car.

The News Tribune reports that two people were killed in the Seattle area from falling trees. A 10-year-old girl was at a friend’s birthday party near Federal Way when an alder tree limb fell onto the child. Witnesses say the girl was playing outside when the tree branch suddenly snapped.

“She was at a friend’s house playing outside and a big limb from an alder tree snapped off and fell down and hit her directly.”

Another tree caused a second death in Gig Harbor, a suburb of Seattle. According to King5, a father was driving in his Subaru with his 3-year-old daughter in the backseat when a tree fell onto the vehicle. The father was killed, but his daughter was uninjured.

The Olympian notes that the storm also left four people injured as they participated in a local triathlon. Four participants in the Deuces Wild Triathlon at Shoreline Park on Lewis North were taken to the hospital due to falling tree limbs. Three of the participants were injured when a tree fell on a vehicle they were standing near. The fourth person was injured when tree limbs fell onto the course.

Photos in the Seattle area show numerous trees and power lines down from the powerful storm. Nearly 500,000 people in the area are currently without power.

The Daily Mail notes that the Seattle storm was a rare “summer storm,” and that wind gusts were measured up to 63 MPH. However, it was noted that trees can fall in winds as little as 35 MPH.

“Late August is unusually early for such a powerful storm, meteorologists said. Trees, already stressed by dry conditions, still have their leaves, which makes them more likely to fall when strong winds blow.”

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