Crews responding to numerous problems caused by early morning windstorm

Okanogan County PUD photo

Update: Chelan County reported just after 10:30 Wednesday morning that both lanes of Sleepy Hollow Road are now open.

A portion of Sleepy Hollow Road outside Wenatchee is limited to one lane this morning as crews remove rocks from the roadway, one of several problems caused by a windstorm early this morning.

The Chelan County Public Works Department says the winds caused a minor rock slide at milepost 1.79 of Sleepy Hollow Road and flaggers are now controlling traffic, though motorists are advised to avoid the area, if possible.

A Chelan County Public Works photo shows a rock slide this morning on Sleepy Hollow Road.

Chelan County crews are reporting 12 to 15 trees down throughout the county following the windstorm.

Winds in excess of 50 miles per hour hit much of North Central Washington, with the strongest gusts reported in the Wenatchee area.

The Weather Service says there were sustained winds of 37 miles per hour at Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee between 5:15 and 5:40 this morning, with gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour recorded three different times.

Pangborn wind speeds topped out at 54 mile per hour at 5:30 a.m.

Power outages in Chelan County from the windstorm do not appear to be extensive. The Chelan County PUD is currently responding an outage in the Howard Flats and Antoine Creek area that has left 230 customers without power.

Chelan PUD crews spent all of Tuesday and into Wednesday morning restoring power after widespread outages caused by wet, heavy snow. Most power from that snow event has now been restored, except in some isolated areas.

The Grant County PUD reported that power remains out to about 164 customers this morning south of Quincy.

The Weather Service said a wind gust of 51 miles per hour was recorded in Moses Lake at 5 a.m.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said this morning that “winds are causing all sorts of problems, like downed power lines and all descriptions of things being blown around.”

Gusts were not as strong in Okanogan County but there were widespread power outages.

Okanogan PUD said its crews have restored most power but some areas, including Crawfish Lake, remain out.

Wind speeds peaked at 40 miles per hour in Omak, also around 5 a.m.