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Take Note of What's Around and Above You, West Pierce Warns

The death of an ATVer in King County serves as a reminder, officials say, to take note of your surroundings, especially around trees.

The ice storm that is causing havoc for Western Washington has taken a tragic turn.

KOMO reports that a man in his 60's from the King County community of Mirrormont died today when a tree fell on him as he was about to ride on his all-terrain vehicle.

Communities throughout the region are reporting down tree limbs and power lines as the ice storm that followed Wednesday's snowfall continues to leave residents struggling.

In University Place and Lakewood, residents have lost power because of ice and trees. Even though the community might not be as wooded as other parts of Pierce County, West Pierce Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Hallie McCurdy advises residents to stay aware of their surroundings.

“Due to the dangers of falling trees, branches and power lines, please be very cautious when going outside," she said. "Be sure to take note of what’s around you and above you.”

Mike Venuto January 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Yes, the trees are heavy with ice and snow...and unlike a pup coming out of the snow they cannot shake it off. We need a little warmth to get rid of the snow and ice.
Howard and Barbara Lee January 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM
We have had numerous LARGE branches break off our trees in the backyard. Luckily they came within two feet of the house but not on the house. Our beautiful snow has turned into an ugly icy mess!
Christie Anderson January 20, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Saw one crack and fall across the street from our house....fortunately, it wasn't on our neighbor's house; it landed in his backyard.
Marques Hunter January 20, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Here in the Beckonridge neighborhood, a number of large tree branches have fallen, one of which almost hit our car...Close call.
Mike Venuto January 20, 2012 at 06:28 AM
We have a lot of large branches down in our back yard...and a tree...guess it is time to get out my chain saw.

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