The White Horse Tavern outdoor dining area cover reportedly spilled onto Yelm Avenue last night in this photo from a reader, courtesy Alandis Snipes.

Thousands of people in the Nisqually Valley woke up Wednesday morning without power after a strong rain and wind storm rolled through the region last night, knocking powerlines offline and leaving trees over roadways. 

According to Puget Sound Energy, about 950 customers in Rainier, 555 in Yelm and the Bald Hills area, and 226 in Roy were reporting outages as of 8:30 a.m. The Rainier Senior Center is currently open with power for those in the area who need electricity. 

State Route 510 in both directions leading out of Yelm was also reported closed at 6:25 a.m., according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The closure is at milepost 13.92 near 89th Avenue, and a detour is in place. 

"Several county roads are closed this morning due to downed trees and power lines. Stay safe and watch for road crews! We'll be posting a list as asap," Thurston County Public Works wrote in a Wednesday morning Tweet. 

No major roadways were reported closed in McKenna or Roy. 

WSDOT Traffic alerts can be found here. 

11:45 a.m. update: According to Puget Sound Energy, 1,153 customers in Yelm, 264 in Tenino, 1,022 in Roy, and 1,303 in Rainier are estimated to be without power.  

2 p.m. update: State Route 510 at 89th Avenue, near RSE, is still closed. 

3:30 p.m. update: According to Thurston County Public Works, the following roads remain impacted due to debris; Vail Loop Road near Vail Cut Off Road, Vail Cut Off Road near 153rd Avenue, Bald Hill Road between 119th Avenue and 128th Avenue, and portions of 93rd Avenue. State Route 510 remains affected. 

According to Puget Sound Energy, 985 customers in Yelm, 267 in Tenino, 874 in Roy, and 504 customers in Rainier are estimated to still be without power. 


WSDOT crews were still working on clearing tree branches and debris from State Route 510 in Yelm as of Wednesday afternoon. Winds reportedly knocked down power lines in last night's storm. Courtesy WSDOT Tacoma. 

5:30 p.m. update: State Route 510 has reopened to traffic, as of 3:50 p.m. There are still a number of low-traffic roads in south Thurston County that are experiencing closures. 

Jan. 14, 10:30 a.m. update: A total 61,553 customers are expected to still be without power. In Yelm, 542 customers are still without power, as well as 271 in Tenino, 230 in Roy and 34 in Rainier. 

This story will be updated. 

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