Thousands lose power as outages spread across Seattle

4:00pm: Well, it looks like Ballard has survived yet another wind-pocalypse: only a few houses were without power during today’s windstorm. The winds are now calming down, as the weather system moves out of the Seattle area. There still may be some gusts through this evening, but likely not as severe as earlier today, according to the National Weather Service Seattle.

Seattle City Light workers have been busy — of the 30,000 customers without power around midday, they’re down to current 15,000 outages. Magnolia’s 3,800 without power should have it restored shortly, according to the power outages map.

2:40pm: There are power lines hanging down over the BNSF tracks near Magnolia, which may interrupt the Sounder train evening service between Seattle and Everett.

BNSF is working with Seattle City Lights to clear the lines to make room for train traffic. At this time, no estimated time of repair.

1:15pm: Seattle City Light is now showing outages in the North Beach neighborhood north of NW 85th St — so far, just three customers are affected.

1:07pm: Rhiannon Parsons sent us the below photo of a leaning power pole next to McDonalds and Firestone on NW Market St. She says police are currently guarding it.

 

12:43pm: Jay McGrew posted the below photo in the My Ballard Group, of a telephone pole that broke in half near the corner of NW Bright Street and Leary Way NW. Police have been called, he says.

The Fred Meyer reportedly lost power — they’re currently running on generators.

Others in the group are reporting some flickering lights and brief outages, but nothing major yet.

Original (12:05pm):The windstorm has caused a number of outages already, with gusts knocking out power all over Seattle.

Just before noon, 3,887 Magnolia residents were without power. A total of 29,000 Seattle City Light customers were without power as of 12:05 pm.

The Woodland Park Zoo has closed early due to safety concerns.

There have been reports of wires down all over the city, and a transformer fire in Northeast Seattle. And, “lots of people stuck in elevators,” according to our resident police scanner monitor, Silver.

No outages reported in Ballard yet, but the strongest winds are expected to hit this afternoon — we’ll continue to update as the day unfolds.

If you have any photos or news to report from your area, send them to us at tips@myballard.com

 


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Andrew Daisuke
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Andrew Daisuke

Just came down 3rd from 145th, and man it’s littered with small branches! Stay safe out there kids.

Uncle Buck
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Uncle Buck

Huh. For once Seattle has a crisis that isn’t self inflicted, though I’m sure Seattle City Light will use this to (yet again) raise their rates.

fluggermutation
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fluggermutation

Troll

Uncle Buck
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Uncle Buck

Electricity is racist.

elenchos2
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elenchos2

Not sure how it’s a troll comment to wonder about what the damage to the storm is going to do to electricity rates. Seems like a valid concern.

Freja
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Freja

City Light did an amazing job keeping on top of the outages as they were happening. They were restoring power faster than the storm was taking it out.

Huge thank you to all those who were out working to keep us warm, safe and informed yesterday.