West Seattle Weather Watch: Thunderstorm; power outage

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 Replies to "West Seattle Weather Watch: Thunderstorm; power outage"

  • shed22 June 25, 2013 (5:29 pm)

    Seaview

  • Andi June 25, 2013 (5:29 pm)

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

  • Raincity June 25, 2013 (5:30 pm)

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

  • Admiral resident June 25, 2013 (5:30 pm)

    Lights are out at 63rd & Admiral

  • scott June 25, 2013 (5:30 pm)

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

  • Sue June 25, 2013 (5:30 pm)

    It’s out here on Genesee hill.

  • Cw June 25, 2013 (5:30 pm)

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

  • koolkidkim June 25, 2013 (5:30 pm)

    No power on 35th

  • Connie Wiatrak June 25, 2013 (5:30 pm)

    No power in Seaview. 45th and Juneau.

  • CW June 25, 2013 (5:30 pm)

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

  • Kate K June 25, 2013 (5:31 pm)

    Alaska Junction – lightning, big thunder and a downpour.

  • Holly McCracken June 25, 2013 (5:31 pm)

    At least one house on Genesee Hill has lost power.

  • darkness June 25, 2013 (5:31 pm)

    Yep – out on genesee hill

  • Doug June 25, 2013 (5:31 pm)

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

  • Julie June 25, 2013 (5:31 pm)

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

  • olivist June 25, 2013 (5:31 pm)

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

  • Kelly June 25, 2013 (5:31 pm)

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

  • Bribri June 25, 2013 (5:31 pm)

    Fairmont Park is blacked out.

  • West Seattle Wanderer June 25, 2013 (5:32 pm)

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

    (Fantastic storm!)

  • Zoey June 25, 2013 (5:32 pm)

    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…

  • Tricia June 25, 2013 (5:32 pm)

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

  • joann browne June 25, 2013 (5:32 pm)

    45th and Juneau out

  • Geno June 25, 2013 (5:32 pm)

    No power in 49th and Alaska

  • Cb June 25, 2013 (5:32 pm)

    Genessee Hill is out.

  • Justin June 25, 2013 (5:32 pm)

    Power out in seaview- California and Raymond.

  • Lex June 25, 2013 (5:32 pm)

    Power out on 5900 block of California Ave SW

  • Chuck and Sallys van man June 25, 2013 (5:33 pm)

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

  • The wash dog June 25, 2013 (5:33 pm)

    We’re out here. Morgan Junction

  • Tom Humphreys June 25, 2013 (5:33 pm)

    Out in Fairmount Springs.

  • Winston June 25, 2013 (5:33 pm)

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

  • Norman B June 25, 2013 (5:33 pm)

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

  • jake June 25, 2013 (5:33 pm)

    Out in Alki.

  • @afwj June 25, 2013 (5:34 pm)

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

  • westseattledood June 25, 2013 (5:34 pm)

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

  • Fox June 25, 2013 (5:34 pm)

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

  • David Brown June 25, 2013 (5:34 pm)

    Power fine in Gatewood (sw webster street at least)

  • junction resident June 25, 2013 (5:34 pm)

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

  • GAnative June 25, 2013 (5:34 pm)

    out on 53rd between the Dakota and Andover

  • Dennis June 25, 2013 (5:35 pm)

    No power 60 th ave SW

  • Travis June 25, 2013 (5:35 pm)

    Power is out on beach drive.

  • Colin June 25, 2013 (5:36 pm)

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

  • lizz June 25, 2013 (5:36 pm)

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

  • SW June 25, 2013 (5:36 pm)

    No power down here at 63rd and Admiral

  • jay strevey June 25, 2013 (5:36 pm)

    No power at 51st and Hudson.

  • David June 25, 2013 (5:36 pm)

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

  • robespierre June 25, 2013 (5:37 pm)

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

  • Dale Beuning June 25, 2013 (5:37 pm)

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

  • RKW June 25, 2013 (5:38 pm)

    Out in 4000 block of Beach Dr.

  • liz m June 25, 2013 (5:38 pm)

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

  • KJ June 25, 2013 (5:38 pm)

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

  • Jonathan June 25, 2013 (5:38 pm)

    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???!!!

  • KJ June 25, 2013 (5:39 pm)

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

  • Twobottles June 25, 2013 (5:39 pm)

    Still have power in North Admiral

  • KJ June 25, 2013 (5:40 pm)

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

  • Zoey June 25, 2013 (5:47 pm)

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

  • Bonnie June 25, 2013 (5:49 pm)

    We have power in fauntleroy

  • JayDee June 25, 2013 (5:49 pm)

    I like it: SCL: Cause…Investigating.

    Out at 56th and Hanford .

  • JRY June 25, 2013 (5:50 pm)

    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.

  • JayDee June 25, 2013 (5:51 pm)

    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.

  • trickycoolj June 25, 2013 (5:51 pm)

    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!

  • Civik June 25, 2013 (5:52 pm)

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

  • Lindsay June 25, 2013 (5:54 pm)

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

  • kiliv June 25, 2013 (5:54 pm)

    Out at 52nd and Charlestown

  • All for it June 25, 2013 (5:54 pm)

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

  • Betsy June 25, 2013 (5:56 pm)

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

  • Lazarus Stein June 25, 2013 (5:56 pm)

    Big lightning flash … BOOOOOOOOM! No power. :(

  • born, raised, & still in ws June 25, 2013 (5:57 pm)

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

  • Danno June 25, 2013 (5:57 pm)

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

  • West Seattle Hipster June 25, 2013 (5:57 pm)

    Hoping for weather like this on the 4th of July

  • Salamander June 25, 2013 (5:58 pm)

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

  • Diane June 25, 2013 (5:58 pm)

    power is fine at 37th and Hinds

  • Gary June 25, 2013 (6:00 pm)

    The strike hit by one of my friends house

  • gia June 25, 2013 (6:00 pm)

    flickering lights but still have power roxhill elementry school

  • NoNo June 25, 2013 (6:01 pm)

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

  • Terri G June 25, 2013 (6:02 pm)

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

  • DB June 25, 2013 (6:05 pm)

    Power is back near 36th and Juneau

  • Azimuth June 25, 2013 (6:06 pm)

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

  • Tricia June 25, 2013 (6:20 pm)

    Power back in Seaview at 47th and Juneau.

  • Rhonda Porter June 25, 2013 (6:21 pm)

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

  • Jim June 25, 2013 (6:24 pm)

    Back on, 50th & Graham

  • Dave Prosser June 25, 2013 (6:24 pm)

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

  • Mat June 25, 2013 (6:26 pm)

    Power back 10 minutes ago or so in Fairmount Park.

  • Barb vadakin June 25, 2013 (6:29 pm)

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

  • Mulligan June 25, 2013 (6:29 pm)

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

  • tamse June 25, 2013 (6:31 pm)

    power bank on 38th and Morgan

  • Rhonda Bell June 25, 2013 (6:33 pm)

    Power out on beach near 61st

  • anna June 25, 2013 (6:35 pm)

    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”. :]

  • Judy June 25, 2013 (6:38 pm)

    Still out in Alki

  • Alki June 25, 2013 (6:38 pm)

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

  • GenHillOne June 25, 2013 (6:41 pm)

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

  • Kathy June 25, 2013 (6:43 pm)

    Still no power 63rd and Admiral.

  • jiggers June 25, 2013 (6:45 pm)

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

  • acemotel June 25, 2013 (6:51 pm)

    Comcast Internet, phone and TV is out at Alki

  • alkigirl June 25, 2013 (6:58 pm)

    Now back on at 62nd and Stevens.

  • JEM June 25, 2013 (6:58 pm)

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

  • Rhonda Porter June 25, 2013 (7:02 pm)

    Comcast internet and cable out on our home by Beach DR

  • Sue June 25, 2013 (7:03 pm)

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

  • Jiggers June 25, 2013 (7:03 pm)

    Did someone hack the forums section?….lol

  • Taz June 25, 2013 (7:04 pm)

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

  • Neighbor June 25, 2013 (7:05 pm)

    Alki back on!

  • Soosan June 25, 2013 (7:06 pm)

    Back on at 53rd & Charlestown

  • Gary June 25, 2013 (7:07 pm)

    Power back on at 52 andover

  • Ulrike Langer June 25, 2013 (7:08 pm)

    Power back in Lower Alki.

  • Taz June 25, 2013 (7:09 pm)

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

  • JayDee June 25, 2013 (7:09 pm)

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

  • Rhonda Bell June 25, 2013 (7:10 pm)

    Power back on at Beach and 61st

  • Ron June 25, 2013 (7:11 pm)

    Power Restored in Alki

  • Peter Parker June 25, 2013 (7:16 pm)

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

  • Old timer June 25, 2013 (7:23 pm)

    “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…..

  • Vickey Schroeder June 25, 2013 (7:27 pm)

    Power still off 54th and Genesee

  • Kathy June 25, 2013 (7:30 pm)

    Power back on at 63rd and Admiral.

  • Cranky Westie June 25, 2013 (7:31 pm)

    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.

  • jwws June 25, 2013 (7:33 pm)

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

  • Trileigh June 25, 2013 (7:35 pm)

    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.

  • Norman B June 25, 2013 (7:40 pm)

    Power back at 53rd and Dakota

  • flimflam June 25, 2013 (8:01 pm)

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

  • Sue June 25, 2013 (8:17 pm)

    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.

  • Genesee Hill June 25, 2013 (8:27 pm)

    You bet, Trileigh,

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

    -Genesee Hill

  • Danno June 25, 2013 (8:41 pm)

    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.

  • Genesee June 25, 2013 (8:48 pm)

    No power at 52nd and Andover

  • mrsB June 25, 2013 (8:55 pm)

    Sky’s looking beautiful over Alki.

    • WSB June 25, 2013 (8:59 pm)

      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.

  • Kim June 25, 2013 (9:06 pm)

    Power still out at 3855 beach dr.

  • Go June 25, 2013 (10:49 pm)

    Trucks just showed up at 4000 block of 59th.

  • visitor June 26, 2013 (12:32 am)

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

  • ces June 26, 2013 (10:04 am)

    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.

  • wscommuter June 26, 2013 (12:53 pm)

    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 …

  • Ray West June 26, 2013 (6:56 pm)

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

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