Power outages could last until Wednesday for some


by KING 5 News and Associated Press


Posted on January 23, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 23 at 2:50 PM

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Puget Sound Energy says it could take until Wednesday evening for some of the 52,000 customers still without power from last week's storm that pummeled Western Washington.

Most are customers of Puget Sound Energy. Most are customers of Puget Sound Energy. The utility said midday Monday that about 52,000 homes and businesses were without power in King, Pierce and Thurston counties.

"Over the weekend, we restored power to 150,000 homes and businesses overnight," said PSE spokesman Andy Wappler. "We've had crews continuously in the field since Tuesday of last week."

At the height of the power outages, more than 300,000 customers lost power due to fallen power lines downed by trees branches weighed down by snow and ice. PSE says it has about 1,000 linemen in 280 crews assisted by tree crews in the field. View PSE service map.

Although repair work is continuing around the clock, PSE says it could take until the middle of the week to get everyone back on line. For parts of Kent, Puget Sound Energy estimates the power will be back on Monday night, but for the east side of Kent, PSE says it could take until Wednesday evening. See PSE estimated restoration times  

Meanwhile, Gold's Gym locations around Western Washington are opening up their facilities to give anyone without power a chance for a hot shower.

As of noon Tuesday, here were the latest number of customers without power:

Puget Sound Energy - 52,000
Snohomish PUD - 200
Seattle City Light - 5
Tacoma Power - 200-400

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