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The Today File

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November 13, 2014 at 6:27 AM

PSE says about 4,460 customers are still without power

UPDATE, 6:45 p.m. | About 4,460 Puget Sound Energy customers remain without power. Most outages are in Enumclaw, where transmission power poles were blown down by strong winds, PSE said.

UPDATE, 11:15 a.m. | Puget Sound Energy continues to restore power to South King County. The utility’s website now lists around 7,500 customers without power.

UPDATE, 9 a.m. | Power coming back on after an outage may have played a role in a fire that heavily damaged an Auburn house early Thursday. South King County Fire and Rescue is investigating.

No one was injured in the 12:30 a.m. fire in the 4400 block of South 351st Street, officials said.

It took about a half-hour to put out the fire, which had swept through the house and into the attic. The couple who live there got out safely.

KIRO-TV reported that the house’s garage had been damaged by a falling tree in this week’s windstorm.

UPDATE 8:10 a.m. | PSE reports that more than 9,000 customers remain without power.

ORIGINAL POST | More than 12,000 customers remain without power, most in South King County, according to Puget Sound Energy.

As of 5 a.m. on Thursday, crews had restored power to more than 214,500 customers since high winds began Tuesday morning, but a wind advisory remains in effect for the Cascade foothills until late Thursday morning and could spark additional outages and slow crew progress, PSE said.

Several schools in South King County remain closed today. Check with your school district or at this website for a list of closures.

Many customers lost power, had power restored and lost power again as winds blew down trees, power lines and transmission poles, PSE said in a tweet. Transmission lines serve large numbers of customers and are the top priority for restoration efforts. Once transmission lines are restored, crews will concentrate on smaller lines that feed power to many neighborhoods& communities.

PSE expects to have power restored to most people Thursday, but repairs may carry over into Friday.

Extra crews from Oregon, Eastern Washington and Canada have been assisting with restoration, according to PSE.

No outages have been reported by Seattle City Light.

Related: Shelters see more visitors as early winds bite

More information: 

Tips for preparing for a winter storm and what to do if you lose power

How to prevent frozen pipes

Print and share: Multi-language PDF on how to stay safe when the power goes out

 

 

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