Topic: power outage
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November 25, 2013 at 2:14 PM
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. | City Light says the outage was caused by a problem with an underground cable and that power was restored at 2:30 p.m.
ORIGINAL POST | A power outage that affected some 9,700 homes and businesses in Queen Anne, Fremont, Magnolia and Ballard for the last 45 minutes is being repaired. but 1,400 customers remained without power around 2 p.m., said Seattle City Light spokesman Scott Thomsen
According to Seattle City Light’s Twitter feed, an equipment failure is to blame for the 1:19 p.m. outage.
“Right now it looks like a cable failure of some kind, but we don’t have that completely locked down,” Thomsen said.
November 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM
About 2,000 homes in north Kirkland lost power for about half an hour Sunday afternoon.
The outage started at about 2 p.m. when a tree limb fell into a power line, said a spokesperson for Puget Sound Energy. Power was restored by 2:39.
November 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM
UPDATE 8:50 P.M.| Power has been fully restored to more than 43,000 people, according to Seattle City Light. Investigators are still searching for what caused the breaker failure at about 5:30 p.m. today. The approximate outage area was bounded by Northeast 123rd Street, Aurora Avenue, Lake Washington and Northeast 35th Street.
UPDATE 8:03 P.M.| City Light is tweeting that power has been restored to 95 percent of customers in the outage area.
UPDATE 7:35 P.M.| The power outage closed six Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities tonight: Meadowbrook Community Center and Pool, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, Magnuson Community Center, and Green Lake Community Center and Pool. A release from the parks department said it expects all of those facilities to be open Saturday, though.
UPDATE 7:05 P.M. | Seattle City Light says that crews addressing a breaker failure at a North Seattle substation should be able to get power back on by 9 p.m. The utility tweeted that up to 43,000 people are without power.
UPDATE 6:55 P.M.| Power is coming back to several neighborhoods, including parts of Ravenna, View Ridge, Laurelhurst and the University District.
ORIGINAL POST | The power suddenly went out in several Seattle neighborhoods Friday afternoon, affecting at least 23,573 customers, according to Seattle City Light’s outage map. Those neighborhoods include Wedgwood, Ravenna, Green Lake, Roosevelt, the U District, Laurelhurst, Windermere, View Ridge, Maple Leaf, Meadowbrook and Lake City.
Seattle City Light says its crews went to a North Seattle substation to try to fix the outage, but it does not know the cause of the outage yet.
Drivers going north on Interstate 5 reported seeing a big flash just north of the Ship Canal before the outage.
Ronnie Castro tweeted to The Seattle Times, “I was on 5N exiting Lake City around 6:00 when I saw it. Looked like lightning. Just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Took me 20 minutes to exit the freeway.”
The outage has affected several North Seattle traffic lights and is creating long backups.
We will update this post as more information becomes available.
November 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM
Updated | 10:20 p.m.
Seattle City Light said it expects to restore power to 13,000 customers currently without power by 10 a.m. Sunday.
Gusty winds rattled the region Saturday, leaving at least three people injured, cutting power to some 200,000 and even forcing officials to close the Highway 520 bridge for about two hours.
The State Patrol closed the bridge about 11 a.m. after some 50 people driving westbound on the bridge “panicked” and decided to abandon their vehicles amid splashing water and low visibility, Trooper Chris Webb said. The bridge was reportedly swaying as much as five feet.
“I’ve been on (the State Patrol) 22 years. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like this,” said Webb, who said drivers should not abandon vehicles in the middle of the road.
The drivers were escorted to safety, and the bridge reopened just after 1 p.m.
The closure, which backed up traffic on the Interstate 90 bridge, was just one way in which the fall storm affected life in the Puget Sound.
None of the injuries were expected to be life-threatening.
A construction worker was hurt on Capitol Hill in the morning when a piece of metal awning he was installing blew off and hit him. A 2-year-old boy in the University District was seriously injured by a falling branch around 9:30 a.m. And a 48-year-old Granite Falls man was seriously injured south of Monroe when a tree fell across Highway 203 and onto his Mustang, according to the State Patrol.
Roughly 200,000 homes and businesses lost power at some point Saturday, according to reports from three local utilities.
Puget Sound Energy tweeted at 3 p.m. that 105,000 customers were without power “due to nearly 1,000 outages across a wide area.” The hardest hit areas were Northern King County, Kitsap County and Whidbey Island, according to another tweet. At 8 p.m., the utility was reporting 55,000 without power, most of them in King County.
Outages among Seattle City Light customers were slowly falling in the afternoon. By 10 p.m., the utility reported that just over 13,000 customers, most in North Seattle, were without power. That was down from a high of 46,000.
The hardest-hit areas were in Northeast Seattle between Wedgwood and Lake City; just north of Carkeek Park; on both sides of Aurora Avenue North between 165th and 195th streets; and along Lake Washington in Lake Forest Park. Laurelhurst and Madrona were also affected.
In Snohomish County, outages peaked at 40,000 in the morning before dwindling to about 10,000 by 3:30 p.m. Those outages were concentrated in the southern part of the county, between Bothell and Monroe, spokesman Neil Neroutsos said.
Neroutsos said the outages should be fixed by early evening. But he cautioned that “if we get another set of winds coming through, it could create some more problems.”
National Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg said the worst of the high winds were passing through the Seattle area around noon, and that high-wind advisories were in place for Seattle until 8 p.m.
Breezy weather and scattered showers are forecast to continue throughout the day, with gusts of up to 50 mph. There was no chance of flooding, but Burg said up to 6 inches of snow is expected in the passes this afternoon, as the snow level drops to around 2,500 feet. On Sunday, there is a chance of showers, but the forecast also says it will be partly sunny.
Webb, the state trooper, said officials are on high alert.
“It’s been a crazy day,” he said.
September 28, 2013 at 6:22 PM
UPDATE: 10:10 p.m.
After an evening that saw more than 20,000 customers lose their power due to storms that swept through the city tonight, Seattle City Light reports that its on its way to restoring power to the remaining 1,300 customers who are still without it.
City Light said most of the power was restored within five hours of the 5 p.m. peak outages caused by high winds, rain and downed trees and branches.
A map of the outages is available at Seattle City Light’s website: http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/#sthash.RVWs9YNh.dpuf
September 28, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Nearly 490 Seattle City Light customers in the Highline area between White Center and Burien are still without power after a car hit a pole at 3:30 Saturday morning.
Originally some 2,900 customers were without power, said a spokesman for the utility.
City Light said power is expected to be restored by 2:30 Saturday afternoon to all customers.
The accident took place near the intersection of Des Moines Memorial Drive South and 17th Place South.
The King County Sheriff’s Office was investigating, the utility said.
September 10, 2013 at 8:09 AM
Power was restored to some 7,300 Seattle City Light customers who were without it for about an hour in Southeast Seattle this morning.
The cause of the outage isn’t immediately available.
July 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Seattle City Light says a power outage has affected 4,900 customers in South Seattle and an area just beyond the city limits.
A car struck a power pole near the 14600 block of Military Road South, the utility says. Most customers are expected to get electricity back by 3 p.m. but it may take longer for some, the utility tweeted.
The utility says the general boundaries are Highway 509 to the west, 46th Avenue South at the east, and between South 106th Street and South 152nd Street.
July 20, 2013 at 4:57 PM
A power outage this morning at a sewer lift station in Everett caused about 40,000 gallons of sewage to be released into Port Gardner Bay, according to My Everett News, a Seattle Times news partner.
The power went out at 8:50 a.m. and was restored at 9:30 a.m., My Everett News reported.
Signs were posted at Howarth Park and Pigeon Creek beaches, warning people to stay out of the water until water-quality tests indicate it’s safe to go in.
April 20, 2013 at 7:07 PM
UPDATE: According to a Seattle City Light tweet sent out at 7:38 p.m., only 788 customers are still without power.
A power outage, detected just after 6 p.m., has knocked out service to about 2,081 customers in the Leschi area, according to Seattle City Light.
The outage’s cause is not yet certain, but it might be traceable to a downed tree, according to a Seattle City Light news release.
Seattle City Light estimated that it might take until 1 a.m. Sunday for power to be restored.
A map of the outage shows that the homes that have lost power extend from Lake Washington to as far west as 23rd Avenue, south to South Jackson Street, and north to East Pike Street.
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