the resort says freak gust, but people actually there, know a very different story, apparently.
My memory fails me (and also I'm usually not paying too much attention to things on that side of the Sound), but Weather Underground suggests that they had been having high, gusty winds for a week or so prior to that day. The NWS is usually pretty good at forecasting these sorts of gap wind events and issuing warnings when needed. In that case there's no reason a gust of 80mph should have snuck up on them. Maybe it just happened at the exact wrong moment. Even if the tram was running I don't think I'd get on it in a bunch of wind, but the accident was at least less dramatic than it could have been. Lots of people inconvenienced, but only one minor injury. Could have been a lot worse, I suppose.