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November 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Wind knocks out power to thousands

King County Department of Transportation crews work on cleaning up a tree that fell on N 45th Street near Woodland Park Ave N. in Wallingford, falling on metro lines and knocking over a light pole on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.

King County Department of Transportation crews work on cleaning up a tree that fell on North 45th Street near Woodlawn Avenue North in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. The tree toppled onto Metro bus lines and knocking over a light pole on Saturday. (Lindsey Wasson / Seattle Times)

UPDATE, 3 p.m. | Puget Sound Energy currently has 15,004 customers without power around Puget Sound. Seattle City Light is reporting just over 9,000, mostly north of the city.

UPDATE, 2:50 p.m. | KOMO reported on Twitter that the Edmonds ferry is delayed because wind knocked out power to the dock and the ramp can’t be lowered.

UPDATE, 2:35 p.m. | Wind around Puget Sound on Saturday afternoon has ranged from 20 to 40 mph, said Chris Burke, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Seattle.

A fallen tree at 27th Ave NW and NW 95th Street causing a power outage for about  60 Seattle City Light customers. (Photo courtesy of Nick Drummond)

A fallen tree at 27th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 95th Street causing a power outage for about 60 Seattle City Light customers. (Photo courtesy of Nick Drummond)

While the wind speeds are not unusual, Burke said, gusts are causing more damage today because they are blowing from the north.

“Places that normally are not exposed are getting hammered today by a not particularly strong north wind,” he said. “Because it is from an unusual direction, more things are happening.”

More than 3,000 Seattle City Light customers are currently out of power north of Seattle, while Puget Sound Energy is seeing many small outages all round Seattle.

The wind caused a dock to break loose in Lake Washington from a property on Rainier Avenue South about 11 a.m., threatening to hit a neighbor’s boat. The Seattle Fire Department  secured the dock before any more damage was done.

UPDATE, 1 p.m. | An outage in Redmond has 1,079 PSE customers in the dark.
Power in Lake Forest Park has been restored, but Seattle City Light is now responding to an outage in Olympic Hills that is affecting 2,853 customers.

UPDATE, 11:40 a.m. | Power in Shoreline has been restored, but an outage in Lake Forest Park that started at 10:52 a.m. is affecting 2,843 customers.

“We are just seeing branches in the lines all over – pine-tree branches are even down in the street,” said Seattle City Light spokesman Scott Thomsen. “It is pretty gusty – you’ve got the flag in the Home Depot parking lot out straight.”

ORIGINAL POST | The mixture of wind and snow Friday night and Saturday morning has caused a lot of power outages around Puget Sound, but crews are out working to restore service.

“Snow makes tree branches heavier and then the tree branches snap in the wind,”said Terri-Ann Betancourt, spokeswoman for Puget Sound Energy.

Whatcom and Skagit counties are seeing the brunt of it — wind gusts Friday night were up to 67 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has set up a storm base in the Bellingham area because there is “a lot of wind and downed trees,” Betancourt said.

Closer to Seattle, Seattle City Light shows a Shoreline power outage at about 10:30 a.m., impacting 2,750 people.

Bellevue also has an outage affecting almost 750 customers in the Bridal Trails area due to a downed tree or branch, according to PSE.

Comments | More in Weather Beat | Topics: outage, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light

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