Thousands still without power, outages could last days

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 20 at 7:03 PM

SEATTLE -- Nearly 300,000 households were still without power Friday due to fallen power lines downed by broken tree branches weighed down with snow and ice.

At the height of the outages, which began Wednesday night after record snowfall hit the region, near 300,000 customers were without power. Utility crews managed to restore electricity to some of those households. However, freezing temperatures and icy roads were creating difficult driving conditions, and utility crews say it could take 3 to 4 days to restore power to all households.

Here are the latest number of outages as of Friday 4 p.m.:

  • Grays Harbor PUD: 429 
  • Mason County: 1,600 
  • Puget Sound Energy: 239,000
  • Seattle City Light: 56
  • Snohomish PUD: 9,500
  • Tacoma PUD: 2,600

Puget Sound Energy reported restoring power to 157,000 customers by Friday morning. The most impacted areas were Kent, Auburn and Issaquah.

Puget Sound Energy Service Alert Map

PSE dispatched 75 four-person crews, 27 two-person tree crews and 76 service people to restore power. They also requested 140 additional crews from other parts of the county. Meanwhile, Wappler advised to take precaution around fallen power lines.

"If you do see a downed power line, stay away. Call the utility or call 911," said PSE spokesman Andy Wappler. " We want everyone to be safe. If you're out of power and you're using a generator or grill, those things belong outside, away from the house. Carbon monoxide can be a danger."

Click here for a list of power utility companies links and contact information.


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