UPDATE 7:45 P.M.| Power was restored to Port Orchard around 7:19 p.m., according to Puget Sound Energy. The company is still not sure what caused the outage in the first place, Bracken said. In both Vashon Island and Port Orchard, the power came back on its own.
UPDATE 6:25 P.M.| Puget Sound Energy restored power to Vashon Island customers at about 6 p.m. but is still working on restoring power to about 5,000 Port Orchard customers, Bracken said. The same line that affected Vashon Island customers connects to Port Orchard.
Puget Sound Energy doesn’t know what caused power to go out to all of its Vashon Island customers shortly after 5 p.m. today and is still investigating the cause.
A transmission line to a Puget Sound Energy substation on the island tripped off power to about 6,500 customers, according to the company’s spokeswoman Dorothy Bracken.
“Workers are patrolling and looking at the transmission line to find what caused the line to trip off,” Bracken said. “As soon as they find out, they can remedy the situation and make repairs.”
Until then, maybe tonight’s the night for a nice, candle-lit dinner. We’ll keep you updated on what the workers find and when they repair it.