Wet and windy weather early Wednesday morning caused power outages, downed power lines and brought down trees.
Puget Sound Energy reported widespread power outages, including roughly 6,250 customers in the Anacortes area — forcing schools to be shut down — and about 291,470 customers statewide.
As of late Wednesday morning, outages had hit more than 1,000 customers in Bow and more than 2,000 in Sedro-Woolley, as well as further outages in Mount Vernon and Concrete.
Skagit County listed more than 20 emergency road closures by mid-afternoon Wednesday, most due to downed power lines but some because of downed trees.
Roads closed included portions of Avon-Allen, Concrete Sauk Valley and South Skagit Highway. Several other roads had listed road hazards, meaning they weren't closed but had water on the roadway.
Skagit County Public Works Director Dan Berentson said county crews were beginning what's expected to be a week of hard work. He said about 55 employees in the road operations division were working to clear roads, often in conjunction with Puget Sound Energy.
"It'll probably take a week. It's quite a mess out there, there's quite a bit of damage ... We'll get it cleaned up," he said.
Berentson said the road most affected was Concrete Sauk Valley Road, where a culvert was washed out, damaging the road. The damage is near milepost 13.
"Well look to see if there's a short-term repair or long-term project," he said.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service forecasted the Skagit River to crest at 26.43 feet early Thursday near Mount Vernon. That is below flood stage of 28 feet.
The National Weather Service reported wind gusts as high as 64 mph on Whidbey Island about 1 a.m. Wednesday and wind speeds nearly that high were reported throughout the region.
The storm was the latest severe weather that has affected the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle reached the normal January total rainfall before 3 a.m. Tuesday, making it the wettest start to a year on record, according to the National Weather Service.
Sounder commuter trains connecting Snohomish County to Seattle were canceled all week because of the threat of landslides. By 11 a.m. Tuesday, Seattle and Olympia had set new rainfall records for the day with 1.34 inches in Seattle and 1.70 inches in Olympia, according to the National Weather Service.