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January 17, 2015 at 7:38 PM

Thousands still without power during NFC Championship game

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: As many as 10,000 customers of area utilities were still without power Sunday evening.

Puget Sound Energy was working to restore power to about 8,000 customers, mostly in Kitsap County, it said at 6 p.m.

Snohomish County Public Utility District had about 2,000 customers affected as of 4 p.m., largely in the southern part of the county.

And Seattle City Light had 537 customers with outages as of 8 p.m., mostly in North Seattle.

UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: More than 25,000 customers in the region are still without power, based on available reports from area utilities. Puget Sound Energy said it was trying to restore power to 16,131 customers, the majority of them in Kitsap County. Snohomish County PUD, which had reported just before 11 a.m. that 7,000 customers were without power, offered no updates on its Twitter page. And Seattle City Light reported outages continued to affect 2,012 customers.

Original post: It couldn’t have been worse timing for football fans gearing up for Sunday’s televised NFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. The big game started at 12:05 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.

Just after 9 a.m. Sunday, Seattle City Light reported 56 outages affecting about 7,184 customers, particularly swaths of North Seattle and White Center. Puget Sound Energy said it had about 26,901 customers without power across the region, especially in East King County and Kitsap County.

A wind advisory the National Weather Service issued Saturday morning said a storm could bring south and southwest winds of 25 to 35 mph and gusts as high as 50 mph to an area stretching from Bellingham to Chehalis.  The service warned that the winds could snap small tree branches, topple small or shallow-rooted trees, and cause local power outages.

Winds were expected to be strongest Saturday night, then slowly dissipate during the day Sunday.

A flood warning was also issued for parts of King, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis and Mason counties as the storm was predicted to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain to the Cascades and its foothills, 1 to 2 inches of rain to lowlands like Seattle, and 2 to 3 inches over the southern Olympics and the coast.

“This Seahawks Championship Weekend is about to get a bit stormy,” PSE warned website visitors Saturday.

PSE — which supplies electricity to much of King, Pierce, Kittitas, Island counties and all of Kitsap, Skagit, Thurston and Whatcom counties — invited its customers to download its myPSE mobile outage app or bookmark their outage map website to keep track of outages and estimated repair times.

Seattle City Light also maps outages online with live updates.

Utilities such as PSE and City Light also post live outage and repair updates on their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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