West Seattle Weather Watch: Thunderstorm; power outage

June 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 128 Comments

5:28 PM UPDATE: After lightning which one WSB crew member happened to see from downtown, we have reports of power out in some parts of West Seattle, including Alki and Seaview. You?

5:36 PM UPDATE: Perhaps we should rephrase the question – who still HAS power?

5:41 PM UPDATE: The City Light map now shows the outage. 4,800 homes and businesses. Screengrab from their site:

The National Weather Service says that heavy rain will continue and that the temperature has dropped six degrees in a matter of minutes.

5:56 PM UPDATE: No estimate yet from City Light on when they’ll be able to restore the power (please let us know via comments or editor@westseattleblog.com when you get yours back!) – the storm clouds look to be easing up a bit. And in Upper Fauntleroy, we’re seeing light mist and some ground fog. The Weather Service now says the storm’s moving eastward.

6:29 PM UPDATE: Thanks for the updates on power returning. City Light says about a third of the original outage is fixed – still more than 3,000 homes/businesses with no power.

7:09 PM UPDATE: And more people report they have power back. As of about quarter till 7, City Light spokesperson Mark Van Oss said, they still had at least six transformers to fix, and crews were traveling the length of the feeder involved in the outage.

7:47 PM UPDATE: Down to a relative handful of homes/businesses affected – about 70 per the SCL map. Meantime, we have had one lingering problem as our server buckled under heavy traffic a few times – the WSB Forums are experiencing a database error right now; topic titles are showing but not the posts within them. Got somebody working on it.

7:53 PM UPDATE: As another heavy rain squall moves through, checking out a crash at 42nd/100th that initially brought a “rescue” response but has been downgraded.

10:13 PM UPDATE: City Light confirms about 75 homes/businesses remain without power, and is hoping to have them back somewhere around midnight.

128 Comments

  1. Seaview

    Comment by shed22 — 5:29 pm June 25, 2013 #

  2. Just flickering lights so far here in Arbor Heights. Big lightning/thunder strike as I am typing this!!

    Comment by Andi — 5:29 pm June 25, 2013 #

  3. Large thunderclap and lost power at 5:23 at 51st and Hudson. Seemed like it was south of us

    Comment by Raincity — 5:30 pm June 25, 2013 #

  4. Lights are out at 63rd & Admiral

    Comment by Admiral resident — 5:30 pm June 25, 2013 #

  5. Struck close to us on Charlestown and 55th and all power is out.

    Comment by scott — 5:30 pm June 25, 2013 #

  6. It’s out here on Genesee hill.

    Comment by Sue — 5:30 pm June 25, 2013 #

  7. Power is out on 46th west of California. Love this exciting weather!

    Comment by Cw — 5:30 pm June 25, 2013 #

  8. No power on 35th

    Comment by koolkidkim — 5:30 pm June 25, 2013 #

  9. No power in Seaview. 45th and Juneau.

    Comment by Connie Wiatrak — 5:30 pm June 25, 2013 #

  10. It’s out near the intersection of 49th and Dakota.

    Comment by CW — 5:30 pm June 25, 2013 #

  11. Alaska Junction – lightning, big thunder and a downpour.

    Comment by Kate K — 5:31 pm June 25, 2013 #

  12. At least one house on Genesee Hill has lost power.

    Comment by Holly McCracken — 5:31 pm June 25, 2013 #

  13. Yep – out on genesee hill

    Comment by darkness — 5:31 pm June 25, 2013 #

  14. Power is out in Seaview. Must have been the lightning strike. Had to get on blackberry to send this since internet is also down.

    Comment by Doug — 5:31 pm June 25, 2013 #

  15. Power out on 37th and Juneau. Just as I was starting to cook dinner.

    Comment by Julie — 5:31 pm June 25, 2013 #

  16. No power in genesee hill since first lightning strike at about 520pm.

    Comment by olivist — 5:31 pm June 25, 2013 #

  17. Power out at 35th and Findlay. We heard a transformer pop. Twice.

    Comment by Kelly — 5:31 pm June 25, 2013 #

  18. Fairmont Park is blacked out.

    Comment by Bribri — 5:31 pm June 25, 2013 #

  19. Flickering at 37th and Andover but it’s still on.

    (Fantastic storm!)

    Comment by West Seattle Wanderer — 5:32 pm June 25, 2013 #

  20. Saw the lightening strike down near our house (by Schmitz Park and the old Pathfinder school). The whole house shook.

    We still have power though…

    Comment by Zoey — 5:32 pm June 25, 2013 #

  21. We’re out on 47th and Juneau in Seaview!

    Comment by Tricia — 5:32 pm June 25, 2013 #

  22. 45th and Juneau out

    Comment by joann browne — 5:32 pm June 25, 2013 #

  23. No power in 49th and Alaska

    Comment by Geno — 5:32 pm June 25, 2013 #

  24. Genessee Hill is out.

    Comment by Cb — 5:32 pm June 25, 2013 #

  25. Power out in seaview- California and Raymond.

    Comment by Justin — 5:32 pm June 25, 2013 #

  26. Power out on 5900 block of California Ave SW

    Comment by Lex — 5:32 pm June 25, 2013 #

  27. Out here on Graham. Hmmm. Bev place could b fun…

    Comment by Chuck and Sallys van man — 5:33 pm June 25, 2013 #

  28. We’re out here. Morgan Junction

    Comment by The wash dog — 5:33 pm June 25, 2013 #

  29. Out in Fairmount Springs.

    Comment by Tom Humphreys — 5:33 pm June 25, 2013 #

  30. Yep, we lost power in the 5200 block of 49th Ave SW around 5:15pm

    Comment by Winston — 5:33 pm June 25, 2013 #

  31. My wife says power’s out at our house on Dakota St in Genessee neighborhood.

    Comment by Norman B — 5:33 pm June 25, 2013 #

  32. Out in Alki.

    Comment by jake — 5:33 pm June 25, 2013 #

  33. After the lightning strike, lost power in vicinity of 60th and Hinds on lower Alki.

    Comment by @afwj — 5:34 pm June 25, 2013 #

  34. Super percussive thunder right up on Westcrest! Shazam! Really rattled my windows, but quickly moving southeast I think.

    Comment by westseattledood — 5:34 pm June 25, 2013 #

  35. Power still on across the street from Hiawatha Park on California.

    Comment by Fox — 5:34 pm June 25, 2013 #

  36. Power fine in Gatewood (sw webster street at least)

    Comment by David Brown — 5:34 pm June 25, 2013 #

  37. Man that was some window rattling thunder even though it sounded far away. Power still on at the Dawson junction.

    Comment by junction resident — 5:34 pm June 25, 2013 #

  38. out on 53rd between the Dakota and Andover

    Comment by GAnative — 5:34 pm June 25, 2013 #

  39. No power 60 th ave SW

    Comment by Dennis — 5:35 pm June 25, 2013 #

  40. Power is out on beach drive.

    Comment by Travis — 5:35 pm June 25, 2013 #

  41. Out at 63rd and Beach Dr. Sounded like some lightning knocked it out. It’s a fantastic storm out there over the sound.

    Comment by Colin — 5:36 pm June 25, 2013 #

  42. lights out, flickered first and have been out for about 20 minutes 61st and Admiral

    Comment by lizz — 5:36 pm June 25, 2013 #

  43. No power down here at 63rd and Admiral

    Comment by SW — 5:36 pm June 25, 2013 #

  44. No power at 51st and Hudson.

    Comment by jay strevey — 5:36 pm June 25, 2013 #

  45. Yep, lost power here at 4000 block of Beach Drive about 10 minutes ago. Cell phone still works though :)

    Comment by David — 5:36 pm June 25, 2013 #

  46. Still got power on Morgan near high point. Gotta say, I love this weather!

    Comment by robespierre — 5:37 pm June 25, 2013 #

  47. out at 36th & Juneau. Reported to City Light and their msg stated over 4000 without power.

    Comment by Dale Beuning — 5:37 pm June 25, 2013 #

  48. Out in 4000 block of Beach Dr.

    Comment by RKW — 5:38 pm June 25, 2013 #

  49. out at 53rd and Charlestown. The strike seemed very close.

    Comment by liz m — 5:38 pm June 25, 2013 #

  50. Powers out on 60th and stevens. Just got out of the water before the first thunder hit! Shock the entire house!!

    Comment by KJ — 5:38 pm June 25, 2013 #

  51. Out in Seaview…46th and Raymond. According to Seattle City Light hotline so are 4,784 customers? Estimated time of service restoration June 26, 12 PM???!!!

    Comment by Jonathan — 5:38 pm June 25, 2013 #

  52. Powers out on 60th and stevens. Just got out of the water before the first thunder hit! Shock the entire house!

    Comment by KJ — 5:39 pm June 25, 2013 #

  53. Still have power in North Admiral

    Comment by Twobottles — 5:39 pm June 25, 2013 #

  54. Powers out on 60 and Stevens. Just got out of the water before the first thunder hit! Shook the entire house!

    Comment by KJ — 5:40 pm June 25, 2013 #

  55. We have power…I guess we’re rare here…

    Comment by Zoey — 5:47 pm June 25, 2013 #

  56. We have power in fauntleroy

    Comment by Bonnie — 5:49 pm June 25, 2013 #

  57. I like it: SCL: Cause…Investigating.

    Out at 56th and Hanford .

    Comment by JayDee — 5:49 pm June 25, 2013 #

  58. I saw lighting strike in a greenbelt near 33rd and Findley at about 5:20. It must have hit the main power artery that runs from east to west over Findley since I heard transformers pop and the wires bounced around like crazy for about 15 seconds or so afterwards.

    Comment by JRY — 5:50 pm June 25, 2013 #

  59. I told everyone I wanted to get home before it hit, and they tried to take pity on me…but I guess I was right and literally powerless.

    Comment by JayDee — 5:51 pm June 25, 2013 #

  60. Robespierre we must be neighbors! :)

    Lights flickered a lot as I was loading groceries in the TJ garage. Glad I got out of the elevator in the nick of time!

    Comment by trickycoolj — 5:51 pm June 25, 2013 #

  61. 55th and Charlestown. Power went down a moment before a massive thunderclap.

    Comment by Civik — 5:52 pm June 25, 2013 #

  62. The restaurant Cactus’s power is out and some other businesses.

    Comment by Lindsay — 5:54 pm June 25, 2013 #

  63. Out at 52nd and Charlestown

    Comment by kiliv — 5:54 pm June 25, 2013 #

  64. Still have power at the top of pigeon point. But I’ve heard it never goes out here.

    Comment by All for it — 5:54 pm June 25, 2013 #

  65. Phew. just flickering and power still on down in Delridge. The servers were going crazy though!

    Comment by Betsy — 5:56 pm June 25, 2013 #

  66. Big lightning flash … BOOOOOOOOM! No power. :(

    Comment by Lazarus Stein — 5:56 pm June 25, 2013 #

  67. all good on 35th and Roxbury. Rain has almost stopped for now.

    Comment by born, raised, & still in ws — 5:57 pm June 25, 2013 #

  68. Power blinked, big flash, huge thunderclap, power off. Benchview neighborhood, 55th and Orleans/Manning. Had to be real close. No power still, just iPhone.

    Comment by Danno — 5:57 pm June 25, 2013 #

  69. Hoping for weather like this on the 4th of July

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 5:57 pm June 25, 2013 #

  70. Fine in North Admiral. The lights flickered but that’s it!

    Comment by Salamander — 5:58 pm June 25, 2013 #

  71. power is fine at 37th and Hinds

    Comment by Diane — 5:58 pm June 25, 2013 #

  72. The strike hit by one of my friends house

    Comment by Gary — 6:00 pm June 25, 2013 #

  73. flickering lights but still have power roxhill elementry school

    Comment by gia — 6:00 pm June 25, 2013 #

  74. power on in Alaska Junction. We had several flickers of outages though.

    Comment by NoNo — 6:01 pm June 25, 2013 #

  75. no power on Genesee Hill at 51st Place bet Oregon and Alaska.

    Comment by Terri G — 6:02 pm June 25, 2013 #

  76. Power is back near 36th and Juneau

    Comment by DB — 6:05 pm June 25, 2013 #

  77. 6:04 – power back on 4800 block of 49th ave

    Comment by Azimuth — 6:06 pm June 25, 2013 #

  78. Power back in Seaview at 47th and Juneau.

    Comment by Tricia — 6:20 pm June 25, 2013 #

  79. We have power is back on at Beach Drive… looks like our Comcast cable is out?

    Comment by Rhonda Porter — 6:21 pm June 25, 2013 #

  80. Back on, 50th & Graham

    Comment by Jim — 6:24 pm June 25, 2013 #

  81. Currently saving all the Ice-Cream in my fridge from an ultimate melting disaster ( I’m just that kinda guy ;)

    Comment by Dave Prosser — 6:24 pm June 25, 2013 #

  82. Power back 10 minutes ago or so in Fairmount Park.

    Comment by Mat — 6:26 pm June 25, 2013 #

  83. 56th and Andover. The transformer across the street blew up!! Same one as Sunday!!

    Comment by Barb vadakin — 6:29 pm June 25, 2013 #

  84. 3600 block of Beach drive. Stil without power at 6:30 pm.

    Comment by Mulligan — 6:29 pm June 25, 2013 #

  85. power bank on 38th and Morgan

    Comment by tamse — 6:31 pm June 25, 2013 #

  86. Power out on beach near 61st

    Comment by Rhonda Bell — 6:33 pm June 25, 2013 #

  87. Power stilll out at 63rd sw. My computer battery back up is beeping like a fire alarm to warn me it wants power. I feel like saying “I feel your pain”. :]

    Comment by anna — 6:35 pm June 25, 2013 #

  88. Still out in Alki

    Comment by Judy — 6:38 pm June 25, 2013 #

  89. Alki is still out….come on Puget Power….I’m hungry!

    Comment by Alki — 6:38 pm June 25, 2013 #

  90. We never lost power, but WSB forum seems to have taken a direct hit!

    Comment by GenHillOne — 6:41 pm June 25, 2013 #

  91. Still no power 63rd and Admiral.

    Comment by Kathy — 6:43 pm June 25, 2013 #

  92. Why is it news? Its just another typical summer storm. Is everyone sheltered nowdays?

    Comment by jiggers — 6:45 pm June 25, 2013 #

  93. Comcast Internet, phone and TV is out at Alki

    Comment by acemotel — 6:51 pm June 25, 2013 #

  94. Now back on at 62nd and Stevens.

    Comment by alkigirl — 6:58 pm June 25, 2013 #

  95. Tree down right where 45th turns into marine view drive. Officers directing traffic

    Comment by JEM — 6:58 pm June 25, 2013 #

  96. Comcast internet and cable out on our home by Beach DR

    Comment by Rhonda Porter — 7:02 pm June 25, 2013 #

  97. Power is off at our house but luckily it’s still on at Phoenicia on Alki. Glad they can make dinner for us!

    Comment by Sue — 7:03 pm June 25, 2013 #

  98. Did someone hack the forums section?….lol

    Comment by Jiggers — 7:03 pm June 25, 2013 #

  99. Still out in Alki by constellation park. Looks like the south half of Beach Drive has power.

    Comment by Taz — 7:04 pm June 25, 2013 #

  100. Alki back on!

    Comment by Neighbor — 7:05 pm June 25, 2013 #

  101. Back on at 53rd & Charlestown

    Comment by Soosan — 7:06 pm June 25, 2013 #

  102. Power back on at 52 andover

    Comment by Gary — 7:07 pm June 25, 2013 #

  103. Power back in Lower Alki.

    Comment by Ulrike Langer — 7:08 pm June 25, 2013 #

  104. 7:08 back on in Alki, constellation park!!

    Comment by Taz — 7:09 pm June 25, 2013 #

  105. Back on at 56th and Hanford at 7:08.

    Comment by JayDee — 7:09 pm June 25, 2013 #

  106. Power back on at Beach and 61st

    Comment by Rhonda Bell — 7:10 pm June 25, 2013 #

  107. Power Restored in Alki

    Comment by Ron — 7:11 pm June 25, 2013 #

  108. 7:10 pm and 3600 block of Beach drive has power

    Comment by Peter Parker — 7:16 pm June 25, 2013 #

  109. “Alki is still out….come on Puget Power….I’m hungry!”
    Comment by Alki — 6:38 pm June 25, 2013 #

    City Light is the power company, not Puget Power (which doesn’t even exist anymore)

    Frickin’ Californians…..

    Comment by Old timer — 7:23 pm June 25, 2013 #

  110. Power still off 54th and Genesee

    Comment by Vickey Schroeder — 7:27 pm June 25, 2013 #

  111. Power back on at 63rd and Admiral.

    Comment by Kathy — 7:30 pm June 25, 2013 #

  112. My power did not go out but the Thai ginger cheese puffs I got from Trader Joes’ were not very good. And Dr. Phil was a rerun today. Thought fellow West Seattlians would need my status report too. Stay alert. Watch the skies.

    Comment by Cranky Westie — 7:31 pm June 25, 2013 #

  113. Back roasting chicken, after putting on low slow on grill, roasted cauliflower and carrots plus steamed artichoke and lights!!!!

    Comment by jwws — 7:33 pm June 25, 2013 #

  114. Boy, somebody has really been turning on the spigot up there! Now pouring rain just about as hard as it’s possible to pour.
    .
    A great summer so far for plants! Pouring rain in the evenings and overnight, then sunbreaks during the day. Love West Seattle.

    Comment by Trileigh — 7:35 pm June 25, 2013 #

  115. Power back at 53rd and Dakota

    Comment by Norman B — 7:40 pm June 25, 2013 #

  116. wow. can someone else chime in and tell me – do YOU have power?

    Comment by flimflam — 8:01 pm June 25, 2013 #

  117. The storm and thunder was pretty intense here earlier at Dawson/Fauntleroy, but we never lost power, thankfully. Actually heard a car alarm set off by the storm, which I haven’t heard since living back east. When I got home at 5 I thought it was pretty ominously dark out there.

    Comment by Sue — 8:17 pm June 25, 2013 #

  118. You bet, Trileigh,

    And the *double* bonus has been the relatively warm temperatures this June. Very rare.

    -Genesee Hill

    Comment by Genesee Hill — 8:27 pm June 25, 2013 #

  119. All-

    If you have no power, then you will have no Comcast cable or internet until you have power to your modem(s), just saying, Rhonda. Unless you have generator power that is on.

    Comment by Danno — 8:41 pm June 25, 2013 #

  120. No power at 52nd and Andover

    Comment by Genesee — 8:48 pm June 25, 2013 #

  121. Sky’s looking beautiful over Alki.

    Comment by mrsB — 8:55 pm June 25, 2013 #

  122. I’ve got a ton of great rainbow photos, working on them now while we are also trying to fix our forum, which seems to have not recovered from the site slam during the storm. Thanks, we’ll be posting separately about the rainbow etc.

    Comment by WSB — 8:59 pm June 25, 2013 #

  123. Power still out at 3855 beach dr.

    Comment by Kim — 9:06 pm June 25, 2013 #

  124. Trucks just showed up at 4000 block of 59th.

    Comment by Go — 10:49 pm June 25, 2013 #

  125. Comcast was out for a while, regardless of power. We never lost power, but were without internet, phone and TV for about an hour.

    Comment by visitor — 12:32 am June 26, 2013 #

  126. We live about 4 blocks south of the Admiralty Junction. Had, thunder, lightning, and downpour. Lights flickered off&on once – our UPS kept our computers up. Had tv, internet, etc.

    My husband was in Metropolitan Market at the time, and he said their lights flickered off&on once and that they did not lose power.

    More today? Maybe according to the weather service.

    Comment by ces — 10:04 am June 26, 2013 #

  127. Thank you Cranky Westie … you made me cry, I laughed so hard. I just knew if I scrolled far enough there would be a comment that said it all …

    Comment by wscommuter — 12:53 pm June 26, 2013 #

  128. Whew! I was lucky. The power outages just missed my block. Glad everyone got their power on pretty fast.

    Comment by Ray West — 6:56 pm June 26, 2013 #

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