Strong winds create new outages around Puget Sound

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 7:36 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 25 at 1:31 PM

SEATTLE -- Some residents woke up in the dark after powerful winds whipped through Western Washington overnight Tuesday.

High winds snapped tree branches and knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers. In Seattle's Lake City neighborhood, winds knocked down a large tree at a home. No injuries were reported.

Puget Sound Energy reported about 38,000 customers lost power overnight, while Seattle City Light reported 6,000 customers. PSE crews were able to restore power to 28,000 by morning, while City Light restored power to most of their customers.

The following are the latest power outage numbers as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday:

Puget Sound Energy: 22,000 (10,000 from wind storm, 12,00 from last week's snow storm)
Seattle City Light: 30 (down from 6,000)
Mason PUD: Restored (down from 2,000)
Tacoma City Light: 150

A Puget Sound Energy spokesman said late Tuesday the utility hopes to have its remaining 12,000 out-of-service customers from last week's snow/ice storm back on line sometime Wednesday. The remaining customers without power were mainly in Thurston and south King counties.
 
Spokesman Roger Thompson said since last week's snow and ice storm began, the utility has restored power to more than 400,000 customers.  Puget Sound Energy has 1.1 million electrical customers in Western Washington.
 

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