Topic: power outages
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November 4, 2013 at 6:48 AM
If you like football, you must be dizzy with delight over the Seahawks win yesterday. What a comeback! What a game! What a … Whoa, wait a minute. Sports writer Jerry Brewer says the team is merely surviving.
Whoa again! Spokane got a dusting of snow yesterday. And it could get maybe a half-inch Tuesday night. It’s still autumn, no? Western Washington will see more wind and rain through the week. National Weather Service forecast
Downtown crime: Members of First United Methodist Church near Seattle Center say crime downtown is getting worse and that police and prosecutors aren’t doing enough to stop it. The church held a forum yesterday to discuss the matter with Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, City Attorney Pete Holmes and the Seattle Police Department’s interim police chief, Jim Pugel. Do you avoid going downtown because it’s not safe? Vote in our poll. (Mobile users can vote here.)
And did you set your clocks back an hour yesterday? That extra hour of sleep never means much to us.
Wasn’t that windstorm something on Saturday? Thousands of customers lost power, but most have their power back today.
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com:
- Canceled health insurance plans add to angst of change
- Powerful winds close Highway 520 bridge; thousands lose power
- Seahawks rally to beat Buccaneers, 27-24, in overtime
- Seattle’s Jamal Crawford is a flashy, humble dreamer | Jerry Brewer
- Seahawks must stop playing down to the competition | Jerry Brewer
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June 25, 2013 at 6:58 PM
Update, 8:30 p.m.
Power was quickly restored to almost all homes and businesses Tuesday evening, according to Seattle City Light.
By 8:15 p.m., just 75 customers were still without power, the utility announced in a news release.
Officials were working to replace seven damaged transformers to restore power to those buildings.
Original post, 6:58 p.m.
Nearly 5,000 West Seattle homes and businesses lost power Tuesday evening after a summer storm rolled through the Seattle area, dumping rain and causing dozens of lightning strikes, officials said.
The outages were first reported before 5:30 p.m. between Alki Avenue Southwest on the north, Southwest Holly Street on the south, 31st Avenue Southwest on the east and Puget Sound on the west, according to Seattle City Light.
By 6:45 p.m., about 3,200 customers were out of power.
The storm moved quickly from the southwest across the Puget Sound, weakening as it went, said Josh Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.
At least 66 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes had been reported as of 6:15 p.m., Smith said.
Storms like this can be common this time of year, he said.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 71 degrees for Wednesday, with rain showers likely.
November 21, 2012 at 7:18 AM
UPDATE 10 a.m. | Power was restored to all but about 40 City Light customers by 9 a.m. The overnight outage, caused when a falling tree hit power lines, affected the Burien and SeaTac areas.
Utility crews are working to restore power to thousands of Puget Sound area homes and businesses that lost power in the storm
At 7 a.m. Seattle City Light reported three outages remaining, affecting nearly 3,000 customers.
Puget Power reported that crews were responding to a few scattered outages.
October 15, 2012 at 2:36 PM
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Western Washington from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning.
Forecasters say a vigorous rain system will bring southerly winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts to 45 miles per hour. Gusts to 50 mph are possible on the coast and northwest interior.
Winds will likely send tree leaves flying. Forecasters also say the winds could bring down some branches or weakened trees and cause power outages.
August 16, 2012 at 6:56 AM
UPDATED: Includes latest number of customers affected by power outage.
Weather: Seattle-area weather wimps are bracing for extra hot weather Thursday and Friday. How hot? The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning that will remain in effect from noon Thursday until Friday night. The forecast calls for temperatures in the 90s the next two days, with Friday potentially being the hotter day of the two. One report said temperatures in Olympia, for example, could reach 98 degrees by Friday.
Regional cooling centers: KING 5 reports that the weather will be so warm that several cooling centers around the Puget Sound will open around the region Thursday and Friday to help people keep cool. It’s not just hot weather that will be affecting seniors, pets and those with respiratory conditions. Higher levels of smog are expected to hang over the region, and it is possible that some of the smoke from the Taylor Bridge wildfire might be a factor.
Traffic: It’s going to be a tough day for some commuters. This morning there’s traffic blockage on Highway 522 where a large tree fell across the highway, blocking the major commuter route. The state patrol says the tree is blocking all lanes, with traffic detouring on Ballinger Way.
Additional closures: Construction closures are happening on I-90 westbound at Sunset Way, with the left lane closed due to roadwork. Same goes for I-90 eastbound at Sunset Way; left lane closed. The I-5 southbound on-ramp from NE 85th St. and I-5 southbound off-ramp to NE 85th St and the right lane of the I-5 northbound off-ramp are closed due to roadwork. The map and cams.
A transformer fire turned off power for more than 4,500 customers in Lake Forest Park and Shoreline this morning in the same area as the traffic blockage mentioned above. As of 8:30 a.m., Seattle City Light reported that only 1,100 residences in its customer area remain without power. At one point, the outage affected as many as 7.500 customers.
A new round of evacuations in under way in Eastern Washington near Cle Elum due to the Taylor Bridge fire, which is 25 percent contained this morning.
Speaking of fires, a fire near Vernon, B.C. is largely contained. But crews are warning that hot temperatures could lead to more trouble.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
March 9, 2012 at 2:04 PM
Power has now been restored to a wide swath of south Seattle, which was affected by a massive power outage earlier this afternoon that turned off the lights for as many as 28,000 customers.
Seattle Public Schools canceled after-school activities at 14 schools: Mercer, John Muir, Beacon Hill, Cleveland, Maple, Aki Kurose, Kimball, Martin Luther King, Dearborn Park, Franklin, Graham Hill, Hawthorne, Whitworth and Columbia annex.
Because the outage also affected the John Stanford Center, the district extended open enrollment through 12:30 p.m. March 12.
Here’s a link to the city’s outage map, which is being continually updated.
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