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October 25, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Power could be out until late Monday in N. King County

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.: PSE is reporting that customers in its North King County area, which includes Issaquah, may not see power turn on until late Monday night. The utility has not finished its damage assessment for the area yet. 

PSE spokesman Ray Lane said it’s hard to say how many customers would be without power for that long, but thinks crews will be able to return power to all customers by 11:59 p.m. Monday. Lane said most customers will see power return well before that time.

Thurston and South King County customers should have power back by 6 p.m. and Kitsap customers should have power back by 2 a.m. Monday, according to PSE.

Two of 12 PSE power substations that went offline last night are still not operating. Lane said it’s too early to know why the substations lost power.

UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: Puget Sound Energy is still struggling to estimate when power will be restored to more than 61,000 customers. PSE says 15 of its crews are now focused on restoring power to downtown Issaquah, the Sammamish plateau and surrounding areas in South King County. Storm damage is heaviest in North King County and Kitsap County, according to the utility, and it will be sending crews to those areas next. Two of its power substations are still offline.

PSE spokesman Ray Lane said that crews will likely be working through Monday evening to restore power to all customers, but most should have power back well before then.

“Crews worked overnight and will continue to work until power to all customers is restored,” said Lane.

Seattle City Light is working to restore power to about 2,100 customers.

Meanwhile, people across the region are cleaning up debris out of their yards. A huge tree across the street from Joe Crevling’s house in West Seattle split in three and landed on transmission lines.

He was inside when he felt the house shudder, saw the lights go out, and  heard a boom. Crevling said he and other neighbors ran outside to see the splintered tree.

“Transformers were popping all over the place, trees were blowing,” said Crevling. “It was something like I’ve never seen.”

Saturday night's windstorm split this tree in West Seattle into three pieces. The house and its residents are OK. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Saturday night’s windstorm split this tree in West Seattle into three pieces. The house and its residents are OK. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE 10 a.m.: Seattle City Light reports an estimated 7,266 customers are still without power Sunday morning following the overnight windstorm. The utility’s Twitter account reports that its crews will be at least be working through Sunday evening, but may even need to work through Monday morning to return power to all customers. Customers can track City Light’s progress on their live outage map.

Puget Sound Energy reports 60,156 customers without power in its service territory, with multiple outages across the Eastside and Pierce County (live PSE outage map). The utility hasn’t narrowed down times for power restoration yet because it needed to get power substations up and running before checking transmission line damage throughout the area. PSE is using a helicopter to get a better idea of how many lines need to be repaired.

About 300 Snohomish County Public Utility District customers are out of power as well.

City Light says its crews worked through a windy and wet night to restore power to 45,000 customers this morning. The outages began just before 6 p.m. Saturday and then “quickly escalated” when several wet branches still heavy with leaves snapped and landed on power lines. The utility’s hardest-hit areas included Seward Park and Skyway neighborhoods, where crews are still working to restore power to about 6,800 customers.

PSE crews are likely facing a much heavier workload today: At the height of Saturday’s storm, more than 110,000 PSE customers were without power as 12 of its power substations went offline. Two substations in Duvall and Northrup remain offline this morning.

UPDATE 11:12 p.m.: Gusts and high winds tore down trees and blocked roads as more than 52,970 customers lost power in the Seattle area Saturday night.

Seattle City Light crews were investigating 200 separate outages that left thousands of people in neighborhoods like Ravenna, Capitol Hill, Queen Anne and Beacon Hill in the dark. Most of the outages were due to trees falling on power lines. Many people posted photos and updates of outages on the Seattle Times Facebook page, showing streets blocked by branches and limbs and damage to vehicles. One Duvall woman who has a gas water heater said the power outage was a perfect excuse for taking a hot bubble bath and reading a book by candlelight.

Power won’t be restored to some parts of Seattle until 5 a.m., according to Seattle City Light’s website. Puget Sound Energy also reported several thousand customers without power in areas of Bainbridge Island, Des Moines, Port Orchard and Anacortes.

Washington State Department of Transportation temporarily closed state route 520 in both directions on the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge due to water splashing over the roadway at 10 p.m. and winds up to 50 mph.

Seattle City Light customers can report an outage to 206-684-3000.

UPDATE 8:53 p.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning until 2 a.m. Sunday in the Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma areas due to strong southwest winds sweeping through the area with a low pressure system. At least 22,400 customers in the Seattle area have no power from 55 incidents, mostly due to fallen trees, reports Seattle City Light.

UPDATE: Seattle City Light is reporting more than 13,200 homes have lost power in the Seattle area, mainly due to heavy winds knocking trees down. The neighborhoods most affected include parts of northeast Seattle, Ravenna and  as far north as Shoreline. Power won’t be restored in some parts of Seattle until 1 a.m, according to its website.

ORIGINAL POST: More than 2,800 homes in the Shoreline area have been without power as of 5:45 p.m., Saturday.

Seattle City Light reports there are power outages north of NW Innis Arden Way up to 224th Street Southwest. Crews were dispatched to the area. The website reports power will be restored at approximately 9 p.m.



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