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December 16, 2012 at 6:03 PM
A wind advisory for the Puget Sound area, particularly in the lowlands, is in effect from 10 p.m. tonight to 4 a.m. Monday.
Seattle City Light has called in extra crews to trouble-shoot weather-related power outages late tonight and into Monday morning, when the strongest winds are expected.
Winds from the southwest are predicted to reach 20 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph. Those predictions are slightly less than when the advisory was first issued Saturday.
City Light urged customers to be prepared with batteries and flashlights, charged cell phones and extra layers of warm clothing or blankets.
Seattle City Light encourages its customers to prepare for this possibility. Have flashlights with fresh batteries available, charge cell phones and have extra layers of warm clothing or blankets handy.
To report outages to City Light, call 206- 684-7400. Additional information on outages can be found at www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat or at City Light’s mobile site http://m.seattle.gov/light for outage information. Additional tips for preparing are at www.takewinterbystorm.org.
Puget Sound Energy customers can call 888-225-5773 to report an outage or downed power line. To check on the status of an PSE outage, go to http://pse.com/accountsandservices/ServiceAlert/Pages/SAM.aspx
June 6, 2012 at 1:11 PM
The planned 20-hour power outage in the Chinatown-International District ended hours earlier than expected when City Light crews completed installation of a new power supply late Wednesday morning.
Work crews didn’t run into some complications they had anticipated, and the old cable was removed easily, according to City Light.
The outage began at 11 p.m. Tuesday and left several blocks in the dark overnight. Special arrangements were made for some residents in the blacked-out area and police provided extra service to the area throughout.
The new line gives the Chinatown-International District a second power source, improves reliability and provides more capacity for future development, says City Light.
June 4, 2012 at 1:30 PM
To make electrical service more reliable in the Chinatown-International District, Seattle City Light will turn off power to a portion of the neighborhood for 20 hours beginning at 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to a City Light news release.
The power shut down will allow crews to install an alternate power supply to the area. The new power supply will also provide power to the upcoming city streetcar project, according to City Light.
Power must be turned off starting tomorrow night because City Light crews must splice the cable for the new line nine times during installation.
Customers affected by the outage have been notified by mail.
May 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Weather: We can say just one thing this morning: 73, maybe 74 degrees coming today! And except for Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures will be in the 60s, and then 70 or thereabouts on Saturday and Sunday. Rain, what rain? OK, drizzle maybe tomorrow and Wednesday, but that could always be wrong, right? The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
The woman who allegedly stabbed her ex-boyfriend and took off with their children has turned herself in to authorities, this morning, according to KING5. Doreen Starrish, 28, is a suspect in the death of Aaron Smith. After allegedly stabbing Smith, Starrish left with the couple’s 7- and 3-year-old daughters, triggering an Amber Alert.
Gas prices: The price of a gallon of gas in the state is where it was a week ago, but at $4.08, it’s 6 cents below the price this time last year, says the AAA. Here are the numbers released today: Bellingham $4.19, Bremerton $4.06, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $4.10, Tacoma $4.07, Olympia $4.08, Vancouver $4.03, Yakima $4.04, Tri-Cities $4.07, Spokane $3.93.
A trip into space: The winner of the contest to get a suborbital trip into space will be announced Wednesday. The contest, part of the Seattle Center’s 50th-anniversary celebration, pits five finalists (out of 50,000-some folks who entered the competition) in a series of challenges starting today.
Uh, oh… Electricity prices going up in Seattle: There’s a proposal to increase City Light rates by 28 percent over 6 years.
UPDATE: 10:55 a.m. | Jury selection has begun. The voyeurism and child pornography charges Steve Powell is facing as his trial begins Monday in Tacoma are a tangent to the horrific murder-suicide of his son, Josh, and Josh’s two young boys, and to the bizarre disappearance of Josh’s wife, Susan, from their Utah home in 2009. But Susan Powell’s relatives hope the trial nevertheless sheds light on those tragedies. (The Associated Press)
Broadband Internet service from the city of Seattle? Yeah, right. Tech columnist Brier Dudley tells us of the city’s stop and start, er, efforts to bring affordable, community wireless service to the masses. Brier says:
The closest Seattle came was a meager test of public Wi-Fi service along a few blocks in Columbia City, University Way and downtown parks that began in 2005. Last week the city literally pulled the plug, ending its “community wireless service” April 29.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
December 2, 2011 at 10:46 AM
Seattle City Light completed its annual contact voltage testing of its 85,000 street lights and found two were energized with at least 30 volts of electricity.
One was a metal streetlight pole near the corner of Magnolia Boulevard West and West Raye Street which tested at 110 volts of electricity. Bad connections at the pole were repaired.
The second was a metal pole near Northwest Culbertson Drive and Sherwood Road Northwest, with 36 volts. The lamps and faulty wiring were replaced.
City Light began its annual contact voltage testing after a dog was electrocuted in 2010 when it stepped on an energized cover. After that, City Light received reports of six other incidents of dogs receiving shocks after stepping on electricity energized City Light equipment.
In 2011, City Light detected 61 incidents of energized structures, but most involved low voltage and were attributed to pinched wires, aging infrastructure and rodents.
In 2010 testing, City Light found 56 instances of at least 30 volts of electricity.
November 16, 2011 at 2:46 PM
Seattle City Light is warning customers to beware of con artists posing as tree trimmers.
The utility said it received two reports of the con artists using the ruse to get into a house and steal items. In both cases, the scammers were driving an unmarked pickup.
In one case, one con artist took a resident into the back yard to point out trees the scammer said needed trimming while his partner robbed the house.
In another case, the resident was suspicious and called the utility.
“If anyone comes to your door to discuss tree trimming, ask for identification and check the vehicle they are driving,” said City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco, in a news release. “If they don’t have proper identification, do not let them in. Call the police instead.”
Residents can call 206-386-1733 to confirm whether a tree trimming crew is legitimate.
November 1, 2011 at 10:11 AM
A spooky walk into a basement, where an old refrigerator lurks, won City Light’s Monsters in the Basement video contest.
Julia Rader Detering won for her video, “The Blair Light Project.”
City Light sponsored the contest to highlight the inefficiency of old refrigerators, which use three to four times as much electricity as new models.
City Light teamed with JACO Environmental to pick up old fridges and freezers for free, providing a $30 rebate.
“Congratulations to Julia for her creative use of video to help others learn about the hidden costs of the energy monsters lurking in our basements and garages and how to get rid of them,” said City Light superintendent Jorge Carrasco, in a news release.
Detering won a $500 gift card and an iPod shuffle.
To get rid of an unwanted refrigerator or freezer, call JACO at 1-877-577-0510 or schedule a pickup.
Here’s a link to Detering’s video and the other entries.
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