UPDATE 8:50 P.M.| Power has been fully restored to more than 43,000 people, according to Seattle City Light. Investigators are still searching for what caused the breaker failure at about 5:30 p.m. today. The approximate outage area was bounded by Northeast 123rd Street, Aurora Avenue, Lake Washington and Northeast 35th Street.
UPDATE 8:03 P.M.| City Light is tweeting that power has been restored to 95 percent of customers in the outage area.
UPDATE 7:35 P.M.| The power outage closed six Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities tonight: Meadowbrook Community Center and Pool, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, Magnuson Community Center, and Green Lake Community Center and Pool. A release from the parks department said it expects all of those facilities to be open Saturday, though.
UPDATE 7:05 P.M. | Seattle City Light says that crews addressing a breaker failure at a North Seattle substation should be able to get power back on by 9 p.m. The utility tweeted that up to 43,000 people are without power.
UPDATE 6:55 P.M.| Power is coming back to several neighborhoods, including parts of Ravenna, View Ridge, Laurelhurst and the University District.
ORIGINAL POST | The power suddenly went out in several Seattle neighborhoods Friday afternoon, affecting at least 23,573 customers, according to Seattle City Light’s outage map. Those neighborhoods include Wedgwood, Ravenna, Green Lake, Roosevelt, the U District, Laurelhurst, Windermere, View Ridge, Maple Leaf, Meadowbrook and Lake City.
Seattle City Light says its crews went to a North Seattle substation to try to fix the outage, but it does not know the cause of the outage yet.
Drivers going north on Interstate 5 reported seeing a big flash just north of the Ship Canal before the outage.
Ronnie Castro tweeted to The Seattle Times, “I was on 5N exiting Lake City around 6:00 when I saw it. Looked like lightning. Just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Took me 20 minutes to exit the freeway.”
The outage has affected several North Seattle traffic lights and is creating long backups.
We will update this post as more information becomes available.