UPDATE: 10 p.m. | Puget Sound Energy has restored power to nearly 200,000 customers, but 19,000 are still without power.
Power should be restored to most customers by Thursday, PSE said. Crews will continue working overnight.
UPDATE: 5:45 p.m. | Puget Sound Energy has brought in crews from Canada, Oregon and Eastern Washington to help restore power to nearly 25,000 customers affected by the outages.
UPDATE: 1:50 p.m. | Puget Sound Energy reports 38,925 remain without power. Seattle City Light still has 267 customers without power, most are in North Queen Anne.
UPDATE: 12:05 p.m. | Puget Sound Energy says 45,692 people remain without power. Seattle City Light reports 756 people without power, most in the North Queen Anne area.
UPDATE: 10 a.m. | Brrrr, bundle up.
Walking to your car this morning you might have been whacked in the face by temperatures into the high teens in Tacoma and low 30s in Seattle.
The winds associated with the cold weather are to blame for power outages in South King and Pierce counties. Though the outages were widespread, the National Weather Service said the gusts weren’t that severe.
“We’re just not used to east winds. The trees might not be used to east winds and that might be reason for outages for wind speeds not as high,” said Jeff Michalski, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Michalski said Wednesday’s chilly temperatures are expected to be the coldest of the week. Morning temperatures the rest of the week and into the weekends are expected to possibly reach as warm as the mid 40s.
But, for people living near the Oregon border, a winter storm watch is in effect for you. Southwest Washington could see a dusting of snow on Thursday morning, according to the weather service.
Puget Sound Energy reports 53,328 customers without power as of 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. The utility estimates most outages in South King County will be restored Wednesday and Thursday, but some customers may have to wait until Friday.
Crews from Snohomish County, Eastern Washington, Oregon and Canada are on site to help with power restoration, the utility reports. More crews will be arriving throughout the day.
Seattle City Light’s website reports 23 outages affecting 538 customers. A tree snapped a power line on the northeast side of Queen Anne, causing most of the outages.
Due to wide-spread power outages, several school districts in South King County were closed on Wednesday.
Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 if you are experiencing an outage.
SCHOOL CLOSURES WEDNESDAY
Auburn School District – Closed. The district is experiencing power outages at several district sites.
Kent School District will be closed Wednesday. Administrative offices will remain open.
Tahoma School District – Power out at multiple schools. All schools closed. All EEP go to Glacier Park Elementary. No out-of-district transportation.
Enumclaw School District – Schools are closed. Power outages at several locations.
Federal Way School District – The following schools are closed due to power outages: Brigadoon Elementary (No Heat), Lakeland Elementary, Rainier View Elementary, Sequoyah Middle School and Todd Beamer High School.
Green River Community College – Classes have been canceled.
Fife School District – Two hours late; no morning kindergarten.
Dieringer School District – Two hours late; no morning preschool; North Tapps Middle School on ACE schedule; elementary schools are two hours late.
Check here for more school closures. or check your district’s website.
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