Slide Update 3:00 PM:
U.S. Highway 101 at milepost 330 has been cleared and reopen to traffic. A landslide about 4 AM Saturday morning caught a semi and blocked both lanes of the highway near Cedardale Lane north of Hoodsport. Washington State Department of Transportation crews cleared 80 cubic yards of slide debris and both lanes of 101 were reopened about 2:30 PM.
Power Outages Update 3:00 PM:
Mason PUD 3 crew continue working to restore power after a wind storm blew through Mason County this morning. There were 11,500 customers without power mainly from north Shelton south to the Thurston County line, southwest to the Grays Harbor County line and east to Shorecrest and Harstine Island.
Power has been restored to most of Shelton.and southwestern Mason County. However, large outages remain in areas south of Shelton including Arcadia and Kamilche, and on Harstine Island. About 4,000 customers are without power.
Slide Update 11:05 AM:
One lane of U.S. Highway 101 is now open and traffic is alternating past the slide at milepost 330 (near Cedardale Lane north of Hoodsport). DOT crews continue to clean up 80 cubic yards of slide debris. The semi caught in slide is still on-site. Motorists are asked to proceed with caution and expect delays as the cleanup will continue for several hours.
Slide Update 10:25 AM:
WSDOT crews are now clearing downed trees and debris. No ETA yet for reopening, no DOT detour. However, you may be able to utilize Forest Service roads to get around the scene. Officials report a semi was caught in slide but no injuries.
Update 10 AM:
Geotechs have determined site is stable and crews have started removing debris and fallen trees from roadway. No ETA yet for reopening, but progress is being made.
The Washington State Department of Transportation says the slide on 101 occurred about 4 AM Saturday and 101 is fully blocked near Cedardale Lane (milepost 330). DOT crews are working to clear the slide but officials say the highway could be closed “for some time” and advise motorists to avoid the area as there is no detour available. The only alternate route is to use the Hood Canal Bridge.
Other weather related issues:
A large tree was reported down on West Shelton Matlock Road in the area of mile marker 3. One lane was blocked about 9 AM.
Tree reported down on Olympic Highway North near B Street in Shelton.
Mason PUD 3 says strong winds blasted the area around 9 AM causing outages affecting Shelton and a wide area of south Mason County. Over 3,000 customers estimated without power. PUD crews are en route.
Update 10 AM:
Number without power now over 7,000 Mason PUD 3 customers. (The number of those without power peaked at 11,577 customers.) PUD officials say the outage is widespread from north of Shelton, south to the Thurston County line, and southwest to the Grays Harbor County line. No a prediction on time of restoration.
Mason County PUD No. 1 is also dealing with several outages. No estimated number and no ETA for restoration.