Update: Morgan Junction-Gatewood-Seaview power outage over

October 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm | In Utilities, West Seattle news | 69 Comments

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2:12 PM: Don’t know how extensive it is because it’s not yet on the Seattle City Light outage map, but we’ve received multiple reports of a power outage affecting West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) and vicinity. Checking it out; more to come.

2:16 PM UPDATE: Our crew at the scene says lines are down by the Seattle City Light facility at 42nd and Morgan (photos added); traffic is being rerouted at 41st/Morgan. Still trying to determine the extent of the outage – let us know if you are without power. Thriftway is still open, with generator power.

2:24 PM UPDATE: Still no official word on this from SCL but it’s stretching into part of Gatewood (including the Caffe Ladro block) as well as across Fauntleroy to other businesses, according to commenters. Our crew did see SCL crews at their facility northeast of Thriftway.

2:35 PM UPDATE: Reached an SCL spokesperson – while their system shows dozens of calls about this, it’s not showing an official tally of who’s out, yet, so that’s why this is still not on their online map. They’re checking to find out why.

2:41 PM UPDATE: Here’s the scoop from SCL’s Peter Clarke: The outage in this area doesn’t show because it’s something of a “black hole,” an old part of the system (scheduled to replaced soon!). If you are out, CALL THEM because otherwise they don’t know! Another crew has to be sent out to replace the line that came down (we’re adding a photo shortly), and so they are estimating power might not be back until about 5:30 pm.

3:40 PM UPDATE: No new info – if you’re caught in the outage, please let us know when your power comes back, since there won’t be any other obvious signs, without the status map being involved. In a bit of irony, checking City Light’s website, we did find it’s the first day of Public Power Week.

5:16 PM UPDATE: As some have commented and City Light has just verified, some of the power is back on.

(WSB photo: Crews working at about 5 pm)
SCL estimates 6:30 pm before everyone is connected again.

5:23 PM UPDATE: One WSB’er told us she had heard a rumor that a balloon was somehow involved – and, unprompted, SCL spokesperson Scott Thomsen has just told us this: “We received reports that mylar balloons could have been the initiating cause of the outage. When mylar balloons get tangled in power lines, they can cause a short, which would open the breakers on the line. When the breakers open, it does shake the equipment and a wire can come loose from a connector. The safety note here is to keep mylar balloons attached to weights that keep them from flying off so they don’t get stuck in the wires.”

6:34 PM UPDATE: The 42nd/Morgan spot where the wires had come down is reopened, our crew says after driving by a few minutes ago. But commenters are reporting some areas still without power. If that doesn’t change soon, we would suggest calling City Light to make sure they know you’re still out, since as discussed earlier this is an area where they couldn’t tell the extent of the outage without hearing from customers.

8:07 PM UPDATE: Comments and e-mails suggest everyone – or almost everyone – has the power back now. Let us know if you’re still out!


  1. Well that would explain why Feedback, and Zeeks are closed. But the taco truck is cooking up some delicious Burrito’s for a $1.99.

    Comment by Silly Goose — 2:13 pm October 7, 2013 #

  2. 44th and Juneau out. Neighbor reported it and they said they didn’t know about it.

    Comment by A — 2:15 pm October 7, 2013 #

  3. No power at 44th and Othello

    Comment by Laurel — 2:18 pm October 7, 2013 #

  4. Alki Tours and the businesses at Fauntleroy Square are closed due to power outage

    Comment by Jayme Miller — 2:21 pm October 7, 2013 #

  5. Thanks for the updates – still don’t have anything official about it but our crew says City Light crews are on the case over where the wires are down by that almost-hidden substation/etc. just northeast of Thriftway…

    Comment by WSB — 2:22 pm October 7, 2013 #

  6. Power out in 41st between Morgan and Holly

    Comment by Michele — 2:29 pm October 7, 2013 #

  7. Gatewoood/Glenridge/Othello area, just off Calif. Ave. SW — power out.

    Comment by Scott Scowcroft — 2:42 pm October 7, 2013 #

  8. No problems(knock wood!) here-6500 block of 39th at Morgan St.

    Comment by Anne — 2:42 pm October 7, 2013 #

  9. I wonder if the demo going on at the Junction had something to do with it. No power at 42nd and Morgan.

    Comment by Sonia — 2:42 pm October 7, 2013 #

  10. power out at Othello and California sw.

    Comment by cliff — 2:43 pm October 7, 2013 #

  11. Out at 42nd and Juneau, at least on the east side of the street. Tried to call outage line but it is busy.

    Comment by J McIntosh — 2:46 pm October 7, 2013 #

  12. I called the outage hotline. The recording for my area said they estimate power to be restored at 5:09pm.

    Comment by Sonia — 2:47 pm October 7, 2013 #

  13. Power is on between Graham and Morgan on 39th, never went out.

    Comment by Graham Morgan — 3:07 pm October 7, 2013 #

  14. That’s close to the 5:30 reported in our story per the spokesperson. Thanks.

    Comment by WSB — 3:07 pm October 7, 2013 #

  15. Hay I live on the 6300 block of 42 ave sw and no power for over an hour

    Comment by debra — 3:18 pm October 7, 2013 #

  16. Never lost power at Fauntleroy and 44th

    Comment by Michelle — 3:19 pm October 7, 2013 #

  17. Good to hear it didn’t go out on 39th–we’re on 37th between Raymond and Graham and I was worried we wouldn’t have power when we got home.
    I hope everyone is back on the grid at 5:30. :)

    Comment by SarahScoot — 3:23 pm October 7, 2013 #

  18. Zeek’s isn’t closed. They’ve got power and I’m using it to write this!

    Comment by Mike — 3:25 pm October 7, 2013 #

  19. Thanks, Mike! We’re going to go back around the neighborhood to check on things in a bit – but firsthand reports are always MOST welcome!

    Comment by WSB — 3:31 pm October 7, 2013 #

  20. We are also out of power at West Seattle’s new bed and breakfast, “The Gatewood”. 7446 Gatewood. Thank you WSB for keeping us informed and up to date!

    Comment by Margaret Hayes — 3:41 pm October 7, 2013 #

  21. I’m currently out of town and have saltwater fish tanks at home. Does anyone know if the power is out near Othello/Fauntleroy? Thanks!

    Comment by Stephanie — 3:41 pm October 7, 2013 #

  22. I’m just west of Cali (off Fauntleroy, on Beveridge Place) and power is stable here. My computer didn’t reboot so it must not have touched my street.

    Comment by Brian — 3:46 pm October 7, 2013 #

  23. I’m not at home. We live on the 6000 block of 42nd, and someone at home just emailed me to say the power’s out.

    Comment by Alexis — 3:52 pm October 7, 2013 #

  24. Ummm, when did we get a new B&B in West Seattle, I know not power related, but…..

    Comment by coffee — 3:53 pm October 7, 2013 #

  25. Still out at corner of 41st & Fauntleroy.

    Comment by ColesMom — 3:54 pm October 7, 2013 #

  26. Hmm… power went out in High Point yesterday during the hour I went to the grocery store between 3:00pm and 4:00pm. Came home and all my appliances/clocks were reset. Could they be related?

    Comment by trickycoolj — 3:55 pm October 7, 2013 #

  27. Coffee! It was discussed earlier this year in a meandering topic on the WSB Forum: http://westseattleblog.com/forum/topic/awesome-bed-and-breakfast-called-the-gatewood-here-in-west-seattle

    Comment by WSB — 3:58 pm October 7, 2013 #

  28. City light power grid is not always intuitive. You may have power but a neighbor across the street may not have it. Check on anyone that might need assistance. Good think it’s not that cold yet.

    Comment by Neighbor — 3:59 pm October 7, 2013 #

  29. 44th and Juneau. ..just got home. I have power.

    Comment by yo — 3:59 pm October 7, 2013 #

  30. City Light Outage Hotline: 206-684-7400

    Comment by jer — 4:03 pm October 7, 2013 #

  31. Tricky – that was a fairly widespread but brief outage yesterday, even affected us here – I only noticed because the in-house wi-fi died just as I was trying to publish a breaking-news blurb – and then somebody tweeted that they’d lost power for 60 secs in Denny/Sealth area (mile east of us). My main City Light contact is out this afternoon but when following up on this one I’ll ask about that. Lots of old equipment in this area and upgrades ARE in progress – like the one we mentioned earlier this year in the Fairmount Park vicinity:

    Comment by WSB — 4:09 pm October 7, 2013 #

  32. Policeman and SCL crew at the scene just told me it will be a minimum of 6 more hours until the power is restored (making it just after 10:00 PM).

    Comment by Joyce — 4:21 pm October 7, 2013 #

  33. Yikes. Thanks, Joyce. I will check back with City Light to see if they can confirm … TR

    Comment by WSB — 4:23 pm October 7, 2013 #

  34. As reported, Thriftway is open, despite it looking quite dark. However, it is not in full swing – at a minimum, the deli counter is closed … at least it was 20ish minutes ago.

    Comment by James — 4:46 pm October 7, 2013 #

  35. Power outage here at 6959 California Avalon Center we are closed through tomorrow am. Thanks for all the info

    Comment by Diane — 4:50 pm October 7, 2013 #

  36. Power just returned at my place on 42nd behind Thriftway. Thanks for the coverage.

    Comment by Ed B — 5:01 pm October 7, 2013 #

  37. My electricity came back at 4:59 and then went right back off. :(

    Comment by LaraG — 5:07 pm October 7, 2013 #

  38. Power came back on at 5pm for us on the 6000 block of 42nd Ave SW.

    Comment by Mike — 5:08 pm October 7, 2013 #

  39. My power just came back on! I’m near 41st and Fauntleroy.

    Comment by Steph — 5:09 pm October 7, 2013 #

  40. Power back on – 6300 block

    Comment by bob — 5:14 pm October 7, 2013 #

  41. 41st Ave sw between Raymond & Graham had power back at 5:02

    Comment by gopher — 5:15 pm October 7, 2013 #

  42. Thank you!

    Comment by WSB — 5:17 pm October 7, 2013 #

  43. Power came back on here at 42nd & Graham at about 5:05pm.

    Comment by Mark — 5:17 pm October 7, 2013 #

  44. Still no power on 42nd Ave SW just north of Holly. Emergency hall lights also out!

    Comment by EmmaPeel — 5:19 pm October 7, 2013 #

  45. Still no power on the Ladro block of California.

    Comment by Sean — 5:27 pm October 7, 2013 #

  46. Sounds like, to generalize, the north part of the outage zone got power back, while the south is still being worked on.

    Comment by WSB — 5:30 pm October 7, 2013 #

  47. The power outage on Sunday afternoon was due to a mylar ballon contacting a transformer in the alley between 36th & 37th, cross street Warsaw. My neighbors saw it happen. Can’t believe this caused a line to come down today.

    Comment by raysbro — 5:55 pm October 7, 2013 #

  48. Still no power on fauntleroy and graham

    Comment by steve — 6:05 pm October 7, 2013 #

  49. No power at 41st and Graham

    Comment by Leslie — 6:26 pm October 7, 2013 #

  50. Still no power on west side of Fauntleroy between Raymond and Graham

    Comment by SD — 6:27 pm October 7, 2013 #

  51. Yup, still dark! On the 6700 block of Fauntleroy

    Comment by steve — 6:31 pm October 7, 2013 #

  52. They’ve just reopened the street by the downed wires, co-publisher tells me, so I hope that’s a good sign … call City Light if you don’t come back on soon …

    Comment by WSB — 6:33 pm October 7, 2013 #

  53. 6:35pm and still waiting…b/t Raymond &Graham

    Comment by heathsnow — 6:34 pm October 7, 2013 #

  54. No power on 7300 block of Cali on east side.

    Comment by watts up? — 6:48 pm October 7, 2013 #

  55. Power still out in 6900 block between Morgan and Frontenac. Seattle City Light gives no estimated time for power to be restored. Sigh.

    Comment by JJM — 6:52 pm October 7, 2013 #

  56. the neighbors across the street has power and we don’t. Called city light was automated. Awesome.

    Comment by droop — 6:54 pm October 7, 2013 #

  57. 41st ave between graham and Raymond.

    Comment by droop — 6:55 pm October 7, 2013 #

  58. 7:03pm and still no power…blech

    Comment by heathsnow — 7:02 pm October 7, 2013 #

  59. Power came back on in the 6500 block of California at about 7pm :)

    Comment by michael ford — 7:11 pm October 7, 2013 #

  60. Still nothing at 40th and Morgan on the west side, but our neighbors across the street all have power.

    Comment by Joyce — 7:14 pm October 7, 2013 #

  61. I arrived at the dentist office across the street right after it happened. They said it was a bunch of Mylar balloons that caused this one too. There was a loud explosion and smoke.

    Comment by Debbie — 7:23 pm October 7, 2013 #

  62. Still no power…but I finally had a good excuse for ordering pizza :P

    Comment by heathsnow — 7:42 pm October 7, 2013 #

  63. Came back on then right back off again, my poor emotions :(

    Comment by steve — 7:59 pm October 7, 2013 #

  64. Power back on at the 6700 block of 42nd Ave SW as of 7pm

    Comment by CJ — 8:01 pm October 7, 2013 #

  65. Our power just back on in the 6000 block of Fauntleroy. Was getting a little grumpy with the 5 second teases of power restoration since 7!

    Comment by Cranky McFusspot — 8:15 pm October 7, 2013 #

  66. so wait. does 33rd and 33rd have power? because I heard that 33rd and junction has power.

    Comment by flimflam — 8:46 pm October 7, 2013 #

  67. I am so over living in this “black hole” especially since its the most random, unorganized section of houses/apartments/grocery store on it.

    I actually have a follow up question if you get a chance to ask – is there an ETA on the soon replacement? I feel like its been soon since the windstorms a long while ago.

    Comment by Colleen — 9:30 pm October 7, 2013 #

  68. Colleen – that’s on my followup list for tomorrow, for sure.

    Comment by WSB — 9:43 pm October 7, 2013 #

  69. Power flickered a few times this morning on 42nd Ave SW between Graham and Raymond. Sigh.

    Comment by mike — 11:00 am October 8, 2013 #

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