Northwest storm is strong but no wind-pocalypse

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A color-coded graphic shows the low-pressure center of the storm off the coast of Washington and Oregon at 1 p.m. PT. (Credit: National Weather Service)

The rains and the winds that were spawned by Typhoon Songda swept through Western Washington tonight, leaving downed trees and power outages in its wake. But Seattle was spared the brunt of the storm.

“We’re glad the storm passed without significant damage, given the potential outcomes,” the National Weather Service’s Seattle office said in a tweet.

Days earlier, computer models suggested there was a chance that Seattleites could get hit by winds gusting beyond 60 mph. But the storm’s track passed farther west and north than predicted, and winds in the Seattle area weren’t that strong.

That left some wondering what all the fuss was all about.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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