Update: West Seattle power outage peaks at almost 1,000 homes, businesses

(35th/Barton 7-11 has power but its sign and nearby intersection do not. WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
7:25 PM: We’re getting multiple reports of a power outage in Westwood – 35th and Henderson is our most recent report – and at least as far south as 9800 block of 31st SW. More to come.

7:33 PM UPDATE: Fauntlee Hills is also affected, according to some we’ve heard from. This outage is NOT on the Seattle City Light map yet (lately, they seem to take a while to show up there) but we have a message out to SCL.

7:37 PM UPDATE: While waiting for word from SCL, we have a crew out checking on the extent of the outage. For starters – stoplights are out on 35th between Thistle and Barton, though the homes on both sides of the street seem to have power. Just got a call back from City Light – they say at least 600 customers (homes/businesses) are affected but they have no idea about the cause, yet.

7:47 PM UPDATE: The City Light outage map is starting to show the outage boundaries. Looks like part of Arbor Heights is affected too, and part of the unincorporated area east of 35th/south of Roxbury.

7:59 PM UPDATE: Our crew is just back from surveying the area and it’s as spotty as it looks on the City Light map – streets where one side is out and the other is not, for example. By the way – if you are reading this via a mobile device, WSB’er Jono reminded us recently that City Light has a mobile-optimized site – find it here.

8:37 PM UPDATE: City Light has now upped the total of affected homes/businesses to almost 1,000. But no update on the outage’s cause, yet.

8:57 PM UPDATE: And … just received a few messages about power coming back on (one was from 31st/Henderson). If after a while yours is still out, let us know.

9:04 PM UPDATE: John Gustafson at City Light says that almost everyone should be back on shortly if they’re not back on already. The outage was traced to “equipment failure,” a piece of overhead equipment called a “jumper,” though he says they’re not sure why it failed.

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22 Replies to "Update: West Seattle power outage peaks at almost 1,000 homes, businesses"

  • kas November 25, 2012 (7:27 pm)

    32nd too. Called it into city of Seattle. No one there. Weird!

    • WSB November 25, 2012 (7:43 pm)

      KAS – the automated system is how they take outage reports – I don’t believe you’ll ever get a live person. It’s frustrating to us because if you’re not in the outage area and therefore don’t have an “affected” phone number, it means you can’t get information without a media rep callback, but I did just get such a callback. They don’t yet know what caused it and they are still figuring out the boundaries/total number of those affected… TR

  • tina November 25, 2012 (7:30 pm)

    My block of 34th and trenton

  • Tim D November 25, 2012 (7:33 pm)

    power out on North side of Sw Barton St. between 30th and 35th.

  • Francesca Annis November 25, 2012 (7:36 pm)

    No power at the north end of 32nd & Barton.

  • DRW November 25, 2012 (7:37 pm)

    On @ 17th and SW Henderson St.

  • m November 25, 2012 (7:45 pm)

    East side of 30th is on, west side is out. Between Trenton and Henderson.

  • Rsn November 25, 2012 (7:51 pm)

    Called into SCL (3) times to report the outage, finally got thru on the last time. Their afterhours line hangs up if a customer rep is not available to pick up – very odd.

  • kristea November 25, 2012 (7:54 pm)

    Our power at Pier 1 Imports in Westwood Village flickered on and off a few times. No lasting outage.

  • Westwood Neighbor November 25, 2012 (7:57 pm)

    Lots of power at 35th and Cambridge!

  • mischa November 25, 2012 (8:12 pm)

    West side of 34th south of cloverdale out, east side of 34th on :/

  • Olly November 25, 2012 (8:21 pm)

    98th &28th is out also

  • Andi November 25, 2012 (8:21 pm)

    The power is off on the other side of the street (32nd SW in Arbor Heights), but we’re fine! Spotty indeed.

  • Gyngersnap November 25, 2012 (8:50 pm)

    We only lost cable, phone, and internet on 36th near Henderson. Back on shortly after 8:00.

  • Jim November 25, 2012 (8:56 pm)

    Back on in Shorewood. 28th south of Roxbury.

  • Arika November 25, 2012 (8:56 pm)

    Our power came back on 2 minutes ago at 28th & 99th ave SW!!

  • Bonnie November 25, 2012 (9:18 pm)

    39th and Henderson. Did not lose power but our comcast internet went down.

  • LongTimer WS November 25, 2012 (11:44 pm)

    Seems like Seattle City Light has had more power outages than normal recently. It’s also a concern that they keep reporting that it’s equipment failure. Maybe City Light has not kept up in the past with ongoing updating of equipment? This needs investigating.

  • Sue November 25, 2012 (11:54 pm)

    I was thinking the same thing, LongTimer WS – we’re headed into a winter that some are saying might not be a nice one, and the thought of losing heat as it gets colder is not comforting.

  • hmm? November 26, 2012 (10:08 am)

    Since this is becoming more frequent what are the odds that City Light needs to do some updating here? Are budget cuts stopping them? I know they keep raising their rates.

  • ws maverick November 26, 2012 (6:13 pm)

    i know this problem was the same problem they had last year about this time. burnt up jumper wire

  • Kyle December 6, 2012 (12:19 am)

    I’ve heard that a lot of our power equipment *like transformers on the power poles) come overseas from China where there is slave labor literally which effects quality over a product.

    You figure out the rest. :)

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