Update: Tree branch blamed for West Seattle power outage that affected 11,000 homes, businesses

December 30, 2013 at 9:43 am | In Utilities, West Seattle news | 604 Comments

(TOPLINE as of 10:15 pm – The last outage pocket in Seaview/north Morgan appears to be back on at last, per comments and tweets. The map below shows outage zone at its peak around 11 am:)

9:43 AM: We’re checking on the extent of the power outage that has just hit areas of West Seattle. Let us know if it’s out where you are. So far we’re hearing from Admiral and The Junction; here in Upper Fauntleroy, our power flickered but did NOT go out. More to come.

9:49 AM UPDATE: First word is that the outage affects more than 4,300 homes and businesses. City Light is estimating 1 pm restoration but PLEASE keep in mind that at this early stage, that is just their guesstimate – not a guarantee, could be earlier, could be later. We’re hearing from people in many more areas, including High Point, North Delridge, and Fairmount Springs – thanks for commenting with your location report; the City Light map wasn’t updated as of a few minutes ago.

9:56 AM UPDATE: City Light now says more than 11,000 homes and businesses are affected. There is no word yet on the cause. We’re now switching our request – let us know if you still HAVE power. (We still do, in Upper Fauntleroy.)

10:11 AM UPDATE: City Light still hasn’t announced what it believes to be the cause. If you see a truck in your area, let us know – 206-293-6302 text or voice. Meantime, please remember that if you have to drive and the light’s out, treat an intersection as a four-way stop!

10:18 AM UPDATE: Just added a screengrab of the outage map that City Light now has up. Also got a text from Katrina, who says SCL told her a transformer blew; the restoration guesstimate is now 1:30 pm, but again – could be earlier, could be later. We’re checking out some areas including The Junction, where one side of California is out, co-publisher Patrick says, and one is not. (California/Alaska photo added:)

10:29 AM UPDATE: Scanner indicates police are assigning traffic-control officers to some key intersections (among them, 35th and Avalon). Keep in mind that by our very rough count, 11,000 homes/businesses would be at least a fourth of every place on the peninsula! If your area is NOT shown in red on the City Light map we added atop this story, let us know – boundaries are often approximate.

10:38 AM UPDATE: Kent from Atomic Boys notes that the Admiral business district DOES have power. Note that these outages can be spotty – Patrick says the light at California/Lander is out.

11:03 AM UPDATE: Still don’t have official word on the cause; we’re still out chasing reports of City Light sightings. Meantime, more businesses are sending word of their status. For example, WSB sponsors Hotwire Coffee in The Junction and Zeek’s Pizza in Morgan say they have power. On Twitter, we’re retweeting updates from other businesses (see our stream at twitter.com/westseattleblog). Melissa at Barnes & Noble says Westwood Village appears to be “untouched by the outage.” We’ve also heard from Tammy at Alki Juice and Java near Seacrest, who says that area is OK. (Other businesses open – especially restaurants/coffee? – let us know. Update: Chaco Canyon Café, WSB sponsor, in The Triangle, has power. And there’s a coupon here too.)

11:11 AM UPDATE: If you are seeing TV helicopters, no, there are no additional incidents – they are just looking for any signs of outage-related trouble that they can see from the air. At least one has already been going around, and we hear via the scanner that another is headed this way.

11:27 AM UPDATE: Cause finally found – tree branch into wire:

We noticed a sudden wind gust shortly before the power flickered here and went out elsewhere. (By the way, if you can’t place 46th/Hanford, here’s a map.)

11:56 AM UPDATE: On Twitter, we’re hearing about some who have lost their cable/Internet services – not 100 percent sure it’s related but anecdotally, seems to happen with major outages. Meantime, co-publisher Patrick is back from the outage epicenter at 46th/47th/Hanford; adding photos above and below this line.

Let us know when your power is BACK! However, we’d still caution that the 1 pm estimate is JUST an estimate – identifying the cause doesn’t mean the fix is simple.

12:36 PM UPDATE: Some power is back in some areas – see comments. Restoring it can be complicated too, with multiple “feeders” involved, so that doesn’t mean everyone will be back immediately – let us know when you are, though! So far, we’ve heard from parts of Junction, Admiral, North Delridge, (added) Alki areas, and (added) Junction businesses, Camp Long area (35th/Dawson) …

12:45 PM UPDATE: Some are reporting Comcast-service restoration too. Thanks, meantime, to EVERYONE who has been sharing information – in the early moments, for reasons as simple as that it meant we knew this was a very big outage, long before City Light information revealed the numbers. Also thanks for photos and info from what turned out to be the origin of the outage in 46th/47th/Hanford area – Kate Kaemerle just sent several photos including this one of the crew installing new poles:

Kate also sent this photo of neighbor Richard Rohde, who she says is holding the apparent culprit branch here:

More reports have come in of areas with restoration, including High Point and Fairmount Park.

1:17 PM UPDATE: Yet more areas continue to get power back. Mark suggested we remind people about food-safety issues caused by the refrigerator being without power for hours – here’s the official government advice.

2:07 PM UPDATE: According to City Light’s map, about 750 homes and businesses are still out – though the map does NOT show some people north of Morgan Junction who say they are too.

2:49 PM UPDATE: City Light just told someone in that general area via Twitter that the estimate remains 3:30 pm for those still out.

3 PM UPDATE: Subsequently, Colleen says in comments that she got an estimate of 9 pm for the California/Juneau pocket. Meanwhile, we asked SCL spokesperson Scott Thomsen to answer the question that many have asked – how can one tree branch leave 11,000 homes/businesses/etc. without power? His reply:

The branch that fell hit a pole carrying two feeder lines (large power lines that carry electricity for about 3,500 customers each).

When it crossed the lines and created a short circuit, the power surge not only tripped the breakers for those two lines, but also tripped the breakers back at the Delridge Substation for the entire feeder bus — a series of connections for five feeder lines. (Imagine a giant power strip where the main plug is the substation, the strip is the bus and each outlet connects to a feeder.)

When all five feeders dropped off, we had about 11,000 customers without power.

4:57 PM UPDATE: Some people just north of Morgan Junction are still out. City Light tells us that if you are, keep calling to be sure they know (and to get the latest on restoration prospects).

7:41 PM UPDATE: Ten hours into the outage, commenters in a few areas – north side of Morgan Junction, west side of High Point, among them – say they’re still out and it’s going to be a while. City Light’s map is not precise, since the utility does not have direct connectivity with all its customers (that “smart meter” system is still in the pipeline).

10:04 PM UPDATE: While City Light declared more than an hour ago that the outage was over, the Morgan Junction-area pocket remained out – until just now.

604 Comments

  1. Out in north Delridge

    Comment by Delridge mom — 9:44 am December 30, 2013 #

  2. Up here in the Admiral District, north of Admiral Way, we are sans electric.

    Comment by kjones — 9:44 am December 30, 2013 #

  3. Out at 46th and Dakota

    Comment by Meredith — 9:44 am December 30, 2013 #

  4. Out in the alaska st west of the junction…

    Comment by Ttt — 9:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  5. Out in the Highpoint neighborhood.

    Comment by Aaron — 9:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  6. Its out on 34th by camp long. First time out in the 4 years we’ve lived here. Can’t currently get through to city light

    Comment by Lesley — 9:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  7. Power is out in n. admiral area.

    Comment by Kathy — 9:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  8. Power out in High Point.

    Comment by Kayzel — 9:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  9. We’re near Schmitz Park Elementary – 49th & Hanford. Just hit us.

    Comment by CptnBly — 9:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  10. Were out at 41st and andover.

    Comment by allibabablue — 9:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  11. Power out at 48th and andover

    Comment by Greta Matassa — 9:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  12. We’re out in the Alaska Junction. We never lose power.

    Comment by MercyMoi — 9:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  13. Out at 50th and Stevens St

    Comment by Mary — 9:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  14. Out at 4032 47th ave as of 9:35am

    Comment by Jim puckett — 9:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  15. 48th & Charelstown is out.

    Comment by Kerri MacDonald — 9:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  16. We live on 37th near Dakota and whole block lost power about 5 minutes ago

    Comment by Missmelissa — 9:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  17. We’re on the 5000 block of California, and power’s out.

    Comment by Leah — 9:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  18. No power in the 6700 block of 42nd ave SW

    Comment by CJ — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  19. Out on 23rd SW near Pearls Bubble Tea and Cafe.

    Comment by Mike D. — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  20. Out at 41st & findlay

    Comment by Amy Eby — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  21. It’s out in High Point, on SW Graham St at 30th.

    Comment by Elissa — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  22. We’re just south of Madison Middle School and our power is out – Spokane and 46th.

    Comment by Stephanie — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  23. Flickered powered at Holden and 35th, but my wife said she lost power in Admiral.

    Comment by Nate — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  24. 59th Ave SW, across from the tennis courts are out.

    Comment by Colby — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  25. We live on 37th near Dakota and whole block lost power about 5 minutes ago.

    Comment by Missmelissa — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  26. High Point is out.

    Comment by JasonP — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  27. 42nd between Dakota and Andover out

    Comment by Brian — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  28. Power is out here; 35th and Avalon. Any word on what the cause is?

    Comment by Mike D. — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  29. Out here. 44th SW / Holgate.

    Comment by Terry — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  30. North Delridge

    Comment by Jon — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  31. Out @ Avalon & Genesee

    Comment by ws resident — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  32. Out at 47th and Charlestown. Glad my UPS kicked in!

    Comment by Ctown Clown — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  33. Out at 57th ave saw and Admiral

    Comment by Nancy Stillger — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  34. Power out Fauntleroy and graham.940 am

    Comment by Robert — 9:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  35. Out in North Delridge too…

    Comment by Cat — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  36. No power at 4800 block on California Ave SW

    Comment by Carrie — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  37. Out in the junction/44th.

    Comment by Kathleen — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  38. Power is out near 51st and Admiral.

    Comment by Kirsten — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  39. Out @ 38th and dakota.

    Comment by Elaine — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  40. High Point is out.

    Comment by Marco — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  41. It’s out for us on the block of 48 & Admiral.

    Comment by Rob — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  42. No power on 26th and Hudson

    Comment by Francisco — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  43. I am on North Admiral Hill (45th and Walker). Our power is out.

    Comment by Darren — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  44. We are at 45th and Admiral, no power.

    Comment by Mamart — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  45. Pigeon point / puget ridge area is out. We are on 21st ave

    Comment by Kat — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  46. Out at 57th ave sw and Admiral

    Comment by Nancy Stillger — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  47. our power is out at 36th & Dakota

    Comment by Jeff — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  48. No power in Admiral near PCC.

    Comment by Luckie — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  49. It’s out at our house, 40th Ave between Oregon and Genesee.

    Comment by Stephanie — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  50. Power is out at 36th and Dakota

    Comment by joel — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  51. Out at Alki…we never lose power down here!!

    Comment by Carlye — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  52. Power is out in Delridge.

    Comment by sks — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  53. It’s out & Fauntleroy

    Comment by Dustin — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  54. Power out 3800 blk of 41st Ave SW.

    Comment by Steve — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  55. No power up here on 40th/Dakota.

    Comment by WSMom — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  56. out at 35th & dakota, and below madison middle school

    Comment by elisa — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  57. Avalon & Genesee is out.

    Comment by bess — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  58. Pigeon Point: No juice for you!

    Comment by Mark — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  59. We are out at 39th and Juneau

    Comment by Karman — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  60. Pigeon point / puget ridge area is out. We are on 21st ave.

    Comment by Kat — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  61. Out at Alki/56th

    Comment by Carlye — 9:47 am December 30, 2013 #

  62. power out @48th &Dakota.

    Comment by Michael — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  63. Out at 47th & Genesee near Alaska Junction

    Comment by Kate K — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  64. We’re out at 57th and Admiral.

    Comment by Emily — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  65. Power out on Garlough between Hanford and Stevens.

    Comment by Glen Eppick — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  66. Out in Belvidere near the water tower on Charlestown

    Comment by Jessica — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  67. It’s out on Fauntleroy between Raymond and Graham (Morgan Junction area).

    Comment by SD — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  68. Power is out along Alki Ave.

    Comment by David Cronshae — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  69. Holgate and California. Looks like Park West is out too

    Comment by Wolfie — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  70. No power 4800 block on California Ave SW

    Comment by Carrie — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  71. Power is out on California & Juneau.

    Comment by Mattie — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  72. Power is out at 36th and Dakota.

    Comment by joel — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  73. The powers out on 48th ave sw

    Comment by paul — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  74. Power out 3800 blk of 41st Ave SW

    Comment by Steve — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  75. Power has been out for about 10 mins here in north admiral

    Comment by Nadmiral — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  76. It’s out by 25th&Hudson (north Delridge)

    Comment by ATown — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  77. Power out at 5300 block of Admiral next to Schmidt Park

    Comment by B — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  78. No power on 36th between Brandon & Findley, either side if the street. Just went out 5 minutes ago.

    Comment by Junebug — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  79. I live in Youngstown area 26th and Adams and the power just went out.

    Comment by Gary — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  80. It’s out on the 4000 block of 42nd.

    Comment by TD — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  81. 6500 block of 39 th sw no power

    Comment by Anne — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  82. Out in North Delridge

    Comment by kp — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  83. No power at Charlestown and 45th

    Comment by Dallas — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  84. We’re out in N Delridge, 26th Ave by the play fields.

    Comment by Brittany — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  85. Power is out on 34th and Juneau by Camp Long.

    Comment by Kevin — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  86. Out at 47th and Lander

    Comment by Liz — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  87. We’re right by Holy Rosary and our power’s out.

    Comment by Ann M — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  88. Power out also at 41st and Fauntleroy. Morgan Junction

    Comment by Rebecca — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  89. Power out 9:45am, Dec 30th at 46th and Seattle.

    Comment by Rebecca — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  90. The powers out on 48th ave sw.

    Comment by paul — 9:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  91. 35th and Juneau – we are out.

    Comment by Kylie — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  92. Power out in the Delridge area 5600 block.

    Comment by Caren — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  93. Power out at 45th SW and SW Holgate, N Admiral

    Comment by PDH — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  94. We’re out down by the Delridge Community Center. In the 15 years I have lived here, we have never lost power. Weird.

    Comment by Lori — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  95. We are out on 56th near Alki.

    Comment by Darlene — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  96. We’re out on 49th and Spokane!

    Comment by dmf — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  97. Power has been out for about 10 mins here in north admiral.

    Comment by Nadmiral — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  98. It is out near Camp Long.

    Comment by SJ2 — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  99. California & Admiral are, no power.

    Comment by Mamart — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  100. No power on Pigeon Point.

    Comment by Wendy — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  101. Out on 47th and Admiral. The Heartland Cafe has power though. Come in for a hot breakfast and free wifi.

    Comment by Jay — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  102. It’s out by 25th&Hudson (north Delridge).

    Comment by ATown — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  103. It’s out on 35th and Hudson. Seems the Mount’s backup outdoor lights are on but windows look dark.

    Comment by Kerry — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  104. Power is out. Using back up on computer.

    Comment by Corey Durrell — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  105. We are out on Alki

    Comment by Erin Szekely — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  106. Power is out near Camp Long.

    Comment by SJ2 — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  107. Power is out here in North Delridge

    Comment by kp — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  108. The powers out on 48th ave sw around 9:50 am

    Comment by paul — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  109. No power on 53rd sw north of Schmidts Park

    Comment by dan — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  110. Power is out on 58th & Alki.

    Comment by WaverBoy — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  111. In Westwood, lights noticeably dimmed for a moment, power remained on.

    Comment by Charlie — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  112. Power outage in 3800 blk of 41st Ave SW

    Comment by Steve — 9:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  113. Out at Madison on 45th

    Comment by Claudia — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  114. Out at 35th & Juneau.

    Comment by David — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  115. We are out of power on Alki !

    Comment by Erin Szekely — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  116. We’re on 32nd avenue sw and our power’s out.

    Comment by Nhung — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  117. We have no power on the north side of Admiral at 51st.

    Comment by Amy — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  118. ON @ 38th and Hanford, no cable.

    Comment by RS — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  119. We are out at the very North end of 44th Ave SW

    Comment by Graydays — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  120. Out at 46th & Dakota…

    Comment by Wendy — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  121. Power outage exists in 3800 blk of 41st Ave SW

    Comment by Steve — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  122. Power out at 41st and Morgan

    Comment by Michele — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  123. Alki area out

    Comment by Dank — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  124. We are out just north of the Delridge Community Center. Seattle City Light says it will be restored by 1:00.

    Comment by Sybil — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  125. 26th and Genesee/delridge area is out.

    Comment by Casey — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  126. No power at Delridge and Oregon

    Comment by Matthiu — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  127. Out at Madison on 45th and we also rarely lose power

    Comment by Claudia — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  128. Out at 37th and Andover

    Comment by West Seattle Wanderer — 9:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  129. Out at 37th and Dakota

    Comment by Frag — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  130. Power out in north Delridge area.

    Comment by Jason — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  131. 44th & Charlestown also without power

    Comment by David — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  132. 38th and Juneau is out

    Comment by carl — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  133. Out at 42nd and Dakota

    Comment by hms — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  134. Power outage exists in 3800 blk of 41st Ave SW.

    Comment by Steve — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  135. Pigeon Point is dark.

    Comment by Pigeon Hill Jim — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  136. out on 46th and Charleston

    Comment by p — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  137. Power flickered and is still on but cable is completely out.

    Comment by Darlene — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  138. Power out. 46th & Erskine. Extremely rare here.

    Comment by mike — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  139. power flickered but stayed on just off Beach Dr near Me Kwa Mooks

    Comment by Amanda — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  140. Power is out on 56th and Alki too

    Comment by Kara — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  141. Out at 42nd and Dakota.

    Comment by hms — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  142. 49th and Andover is out. Thus is very rare for us in this location, 24 years.

    Comment by The Jones — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  143. Power out on 6300 block of 39th Ave SW

    Comment by James — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  144. Out at 59th and Admiral too – we also never go out in those heavy windstorms. Must be a specific line out.

    Comment by Becky — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  145. Out in High Point!

    Comment by Michelle — 9:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  146. out at 45th and Lander. Just got the new crock pot loaded with chili ingredients!

    Comment by gina — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  147. Out on 35th and Dakota

    Comment by Michelle — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  148. Power out on 32nd Ave Sw

    Comment by Rick — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  149. Traffic lights were out at 35th & Avalon & Genessee & Avalon, but working at Delridge & Andover when I just drove home.

    Comment by NativetoSeattle — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  150. We’re without power at 5001 California Ave…and same is truethe across the street.

    Comment by Meade Thayer — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  151. Out on 49th and Admiral

    Comment by Betsy Andrews — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  152. Power out at the West Seattle Corporate Center on Delridge. Backup Generator kicked in immediately.

    Comment by Doug Cooper — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  153. Out at 59th and Admiral too – we also never go out in those heavy windstorms.

    Comment by Becky — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  154. Power in Admiral near 41st & Admiral is on. Businesses (Metropolitan Market, Starbucks, Shell) have power. Intersection lights working.

    Comment by omnomnom — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  155. Genesee pow! No flicker, just gone suddenly.

    Comment by goodkarma — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  156. No power 36th & Raymond.

    Comment by Sean — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  157. We are okay by Cafe Ladro on California 6900 block.

    Comment by iggy — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  158. It’s out at California & Gennese. Let’s read magazines!

    Comment by Maureen — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  159. Add 52nd SW / SW Stevens area to list.

    Comment by Peter — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  160. Power is out on Genesee hill

    Comment by juan — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  161. Our lights flickered at 17th & Myrtle.

    Comment by GM — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  162. Out here at 41/Holly too – that’s a pretty large area!

    Comment by Gatewood momma — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  163. Out on California by the nursery.

    Comment by John — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  164. Power out SW Avon Way and Genessee SW

    Comment by Joe Grande — 9:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  165. Interesting, sitting at Caffe Fiore in Admiral with power but the fire signal at the corner is out.

    Comment by Ian — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  166. We are out at 40th and Morgan

    Comment by quinkygirl — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  167. Out on Palm. First time in ten years.

    Comment by D — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  168. Power out. 46th & Erskine. Never lose it here too.

    Comment by mike — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  169. North Admiral out too. Looks like most of W Seattle. Seattle City Light outage line is busy too.

    Comment by sna — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  170. Out at 47th and Admiral. We have power at the Heartland Cafe though. Come in for a hot breakfast and free wifi.

    Comment by Jay — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  171. We’re without power at 5001 California Ave…and same is true across the street.

    Comment by Meade Thayer — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  172. No power in The Triangle at 34th & Andover

    Comment by Tracie — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  173. 5000 block of Delridge Way is OUT!

    Comment by Lola — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  174. Power in Admiral near 41st & Admiral is on. Businesses (Metropolitan Market, Starbucks, Shell) have power. Intersection lights working.

    Comment by BobbyJo — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  175. Out 44th and Juneau. Out too often. This is getting annoying.

    Comment by A — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  176. Power out SW Avalon Way and Genessee SW

    Comment by Joe Grande — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  177. Power is out on Pigeon Point Hill. I’m on 19th Ave SW. :(

    Comment by JS — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  178. Power out near madison middle school

    Comment by K — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  179. Out at 32nd and Juneau. High point.

    Comment by Jen — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  180. We’re out at 41st & Fauntleroy.

    Super Supplements – 1 block over still has power as does the intersection of California Ave & Fauntleroy.

    Comment by ColesMom — 9:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  181. 36th and dakota and now no tv I actually have to talk to my family Noooooooo

    Comment by jason the awesome — 9:54 am December 30, 2013 #

  182. Power is out on Pigeon Point Hill. I’m on 19th Ave SW.

    Comment by JS — 9:54 am December 30, 2013 #

  183. Power out SW Avalon Way and Genessee SW.

    Comment by Joe Grande — 9:54 am December 30, 2013 #

  184. well, South of the substation on 26th, at 26th & Graham, we had a power surge at the same time but we’re still on. We almost NEVER lose power due to the substation!

    Comment by Betsy — 9:54 am December 30, 2013 #

  185. Power out 42nd and Dakota near Holy Rosary church.

    Comment by max — 9:54 am December 30, 2013 #

  186. Power out in 1500 block of Alki

    Comment by Russ — 9:54 am December 30, 2013 #

  187. Out in the Admiral area, Forney and 49th.

    Comment by William Hall — 9:55 am December 30, 2013 #

  188. 23rd ave sw and Andover is dark…

    Comment by gina — 9:55 am December 30, 2013 #

  189. Out at 19th on pigeon point.

    Comment by Oops — 9:55 am December 30, 2013 #

  190. Out at 25th SW and Brandon.

    Comment by Katrina — 9:55 am December 30, 2013 #

  191. Power is out at SW Avalon Way and Genessee

    Comment by Joe Grande — 9:55 am December 30, 2013 #

  192. Power is out on California

    Comment by Angie — 9:55 am December 30, 2013 #

  193. 47th & Holgate.

    Comment by Greg Nickels — 9:55 am December 30, 2013 #

  194. Power on at 38th and Southern, but lost comcast Internet.

    Comment by LB — 9:55 am December 30, 2013 #

  195. It’s out near the old Charlestown Cafe. :(

    Comment by Jill Loblaw — 9:56 am December 30, 2013 #

  196. Out in Alki too. 2nd day in a row as we had no power yesterday morning for about 15 minutes.

    Comment by Ryan — 9:56 am December 30, 2013 #

  197. It is out at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center/Cooper Artist Lofts.

    Comment by Scott — 9:56 am December 30, 2013 #

  198. 35th & Hudson out. The Mount looks dark, save for outdoor backup lights.

    Comment by Kerry — 9:56 am December 30, 2013 #

  199. Any idea why? (Admiral & 49th)

    Comment by NicMarie — 9:56 am December 30, 2013 #

  200. Power is out at SW Avalon Way and Genessee SW

    Comment by Joe — 9:56 am December 30, 2013 #

  201. Out at Delridge Way & Gennessee

    Comment by Lisa Leon-Guerrero — 9:56 am December 30, 2013 #

  202. pigeon point is out!

    Comment by Stasha — 9:56 am December 30, 2013 #

  203. @Sybil- When you talked to City Light, did they explain the reason for the outage, and/or why they think it will be on by 1:00? Thanks!

    Comment by wsneighbor — 9:56 am December 30, 2013 #

  204. It’s out on 50th and 38th.

    Comment by Dominic Canterbury — 9:56 am December 30, 2013 #

  205. Out at Alki…

    Comment by Wes — 9:56 am December 30, 2013 #

  206. No power @ 45th/Walker across from SFD #29 which is running a backup generator.

    Comment by larry — 9:56 am December 30, 2013 #

  207. Power is out at Delridge Way and Gennessee

    Comment by Lisa Leon-Guerrero — 9:57 am December 30, 2013 #

  208. We’re out in Gatewood Hill near Morgan Junction at 39th and Holly

    Comment by Joan — 9:57 am December 30, 2013 #

  209. out in North Admiral by Hamilton Viewpoint

    Comment by sna — 9:57 am December 30, 2013 #

  210. Power on at 38th and Southern, but lost comcast Internet.

    Comment by Lauren — 9:57 am December 30, 2013 #

  211. Out on Alki…

    Comment by Wes — 9:57 am December 30, 2013 #

  212. We’re out at Donald and California

    Comment by Hamsterdance — 9:57 am December 30, 2013 #

  213. We’re out in Gatewood Hill near Morgan Junction at 39th and Holly and our lines are underground

    Comment by Joan — 9:57 am December 30, 2013 #

  214. Power out at Delridge and Brandon.

    Comment by April — 9:57 am December 30, 2013 #

  215. Out at 56th and Teig (Alki).

    Comment by SLH — 9:57 am December 30, 2013 #

  216. Power near 25th and brandon has been out since about 9:40

    Comment by Leeann — 9:58 am December 30, 2013 #

  217. Out at Youngstown.

    Comment by Scott — 9:58 am December 30, 2013 #

  218. On 50th sw. Was outside when something blew around Garlough sw. Sounded like a transformer.

    Comment by Sandy — 9:58 am December 30, 2013 #

  219. Do any businesses in the junction have power? Or westwood village?

    Comment by Ttt — 9:58 am December 30, 2013 #

  220. Power out 42nd and Dakota

    Comment by max — 9:59 am December 30, 2013 #

  221. My 11 year old daughter is very confused with what to do without electricity.

    Comment by Charlie G — 9:59 am December 30, 2013 #

  222. 45th & Raymond still has power.

    Comment by JK — 10:00 am December 30, 2013 #

  223. City Light does not know what’s wrong yet (I promise, I’m in the office here and a crew dispatcher just asked if I knew what was wrong). 1PM is just a placeholder basically. Unless it is something really small like a breaker, it will be at least that long.

    Comment by Jeff — 10:00 am December 30, 2013 #

  224. Lights flickered but power still on @ 52nd & Dakota.

    Comment by stickhog — 10:01 am December 30, 2013 #

  225. Flickered here on 40th between Alaska and Oregon but power’s still up. However, across the street it looks like power is out there.

    Comment by Aaron — 10:02 am December 30, 2013 #

  226. No problems in the Morgan Junction. We have heat and power.

    Comment by WD — 10:02 am December 30, 2013 #

  227. @Charlie G

    Thanks. You made this ordeal a whole lot funnier.

    Comment by Brenden P — 10:03 am December 30, 2013 #

  228. Power is on by Andover and 23rd, but it looks like just on the east side of the street. The steel mill has power too. The traffic light at Delridge and Andover was working when I drove through right after the outage happened.

    Comment by NativetoSeattle — 10:03 am December 30, 2013 #

  229. Power ON at 64th & Alki. Comcast phone is OUT.

    Comment by Alki Bee — 10:04 am December 30, 2013 #

  230. The
    5000 block of Delridge Way is OUT!

    Comment by Lola — 10:04 am December 30, 2013 #

  231. Lights dimmed at 61st & Beach Dr. but stayed on.

    Comment by Ani — 10:05 am December 30, 2013 #

  232. We’re out at Alki Mail & Dispatch

    Comment by breezygirl11 — 10:05 am December 30, 2013 #

  233. We HAVE power, 40th and Alaska.

    Comment by Westgirl — 10:05 am December 30, 2013 #

  234. Power is out on 39th and Dakota.

    Comment by JohnH — 10:06 am December 30, 2013 #

  235. A single transformer is more likely a result than a cause. There are several different distribution points involved it seems since some of the areas are usually on while others are not. Here near highpoint it usually is HP while 34th ave is working or the other way around.

    Comment by Ken — 10:06 am December 30, 2013 #

  236. 35th & Hudson out. The Mount looks dark, save for outdoor backup lights.

    Comment by KerryA — 10:06 am December 30, 2013 #

  237. OUT at 23rd & Andover Pigeon Point

    Comment by N — 10:06 am December 30, 2013 #

  238. Power out from 47th ave SW to Sunset and from SW Hill north

    Comment by DD — 10:06 am December 30, 2013 #

  239. Power out at 19th and SW Andover. Outage report number recording : call back later is the message

    Comment by Susan — 10:07 am December 30, 2013 #

  240. Out on 35th & Hudson. The Mount looks dark, save for outdoor backup lights. Fire truck just pulled in.

    Comment by Kerry — 10:07 am December 30, 2013 #

  241. Power out from 47th ave SW to Sunset and from SW Hill north.

    Comment by DD — 10:07 am December 30, 2013 #

  242. Out on Alki by the Anchor Park

    Comment by Judith Gough — 10:07 am December 30, 2013 #

  243. Power is out at around Erskine Way SW and SW Dawson.

    Comment by Bill — 10:07 am December 30, 2013 #

  244. Out at 38th & Warsaw. Our lines are buried and we rarely lose power here.

    Comment by Twicksea — 10:08 am December 30, 2013 #

  245. Lol, wish I had a “like” button for that, Charlie G

    Comment by interrobang — 10:08 am December 30, 2013 #

  246. Power out at 41st and Dakota

    Comment by Eluzabeth Bourne — 10:08 am December 30, 2013 #

  247. No power on Gatewood Hill (we are under ground wiring and neighbors are above ground – both out). No power at Starbucks California & Fauntleroy.

    Comment by TT — 10:08 am December 30, 2013 #

  248. Out @39th and Holly.

    Comment by Jon — 10:08 am December 30, 2013 #

  249. 49th Admiral is out…

    Comment by Scott — 10:08 am December 30, 2013 #

  250. Power is ON but Comcast is out at 33rd as Charlestown

    Comment by Sera — 10:08 am December 30, 2013 #

  251. Lol, wish I had a “like” button for that, Charlie

    Comment by interrobang — 10:08 am December 30, 2013 #

  252. OK in the Morgan Junction. We have power

    Comment by WD — 10:09 am December 30, 2013 #

  253. Power is ON but Comcast internet/cable is out at 33rd and Charlestown

    Comment by Sera — 10:09 am December 30, 2013 #

  254. 49th and Admiral is out…

    Comment by Scott — 10:09 am December 30, 2013 #

  255. Power is out on Avalon Way.

    Comment by Nina — 10:09 am December 30, 2013 #

  256. Would it be rude to fire up the generator so the kids could play the XBOX?

    Comment by Hmmmm — 10:10 am December 30, 2013 #

  257. Seattle city light hotline states that power restoration estimate is at 1pm today. This is as of 10:10am

    Comment by Ctown Clown — 10:10 am December 30, 2013 #

  258. I’m on 34th near High Point…power ON.

    Comment by seattlechop — 10:11 am December 30, 2013 #

  259. Power is out at 4800 Fauntleroy way sw. Been off for about 30 minutes. Ironically u was working on a broken battery backup system when power failed. Weird.

    Comment by Randall Marshall — 10:11 am December 30, 2013 #

  260. Power is still out on 35th ave SW & Fauntleroy

    Comment by Julie — 10:11 am December 30, 2013 #

  261. Power flickered on 37th above Fairmount school but stayed on. Cable is out however.

    Comment by Ms.Fairmount — 10:12 am December 30, 2013 #

  262. No outage in North Admiral on Ferry SW/SW Massachusetts.

    Comment by Roger — 10:12 am December 30, 2013 #

  263. Maybe the transformer boxes along delridge finally got mad and blew out because of that tacky ugly paint job someone did on them.

    Comment by ||||| — 10:12 am December 30, 2013 #

  264. Power ON 50th & Alaska .)

    Comment by wetone — 10:12 am December 30, 2013 #

  265. Power is on at 40th and Hanford, but as another person mentioned, Comcast is out.

    Comment by Stacy — 10:13 am December 30, 2013 #

  266. Power still on at Fauntleroy & Graham. *Knocks on wood*

    Comment by Lisa Vogeler — 10:13 am December 30, 2013 #

  267. Power is out on Pigeon Point. I am at 21st Ave SW & Genesee.

    Comment by Paula — 10:14 am December 30, 2013 #

  268. I don’t want to jinx it, but still ON (after a flicker) at 53rd & Charlestown.

    Comment by Soosan — 10:15 am December 30, 2013 #

  269. I have power at 26th & Hudson (North Delridge) there was a surge a while ago, but never lost it.

    Comment by KJB — 10:15 am December 30, 2013 #

  270. Power’s on in Gatewood (California & Holden). Had only one brief flicker. The outage line must cross California between Holden and Fauntleroy. Does Caffe Ladro have power?

    Charlie G: I was a 14-year old on Long Island when the Great Northeast Blackout hit in 1965. Of course we weren’t nearly so techie then. It was a blast for 4-5 days.

    Comment by Pibal — 10:15 am December 30, 2013 #

  271. Power is ON at 41st and Hanford.

    Comment by Long Time West Seattlite — 10:15 am December 30, 2013 #

  272. In Seaview, bottom of Erskine Way SW. Had power all morning, still do.

    Comment by DT — 10:15 am December 30, 2013 #

  273. We are at 3636 Beach Dr and no outage here!

    Comment by Jeannie — 10:16 am December 30, 2013 #

  274. We are out on the west side of 44th at Charlestown as are the alley neighbors on 45th. The eastside of 44th is ON (at least near Charlestown).

    Comment by KatieH — 10:16 am December 30, 2013 #

  275. Gatewood at 44th and Othello is fine. And we are usually the first to lose power. Maybe the planned overnight outage in early December helped us.

    Comment by Laurel — 10:17 am December 30, 2013 #

  276. Power on at 34th and Graham.

    Comment by EK — 10:17 am December 30, 2013 #

  277. Our power is out on Belvidere. Hopefully the coffee shops are unaffected.

    Comment by erk — 10:17 am December 30, 2013 #

  278. Power still on at Boren STEM (I’m east of it up the hill). Businesses south of it on Delridge all out.

    NO ONE is treating lights like a four way stop. More like “every man for himself”. Be careful out there!

    Comment by Jen — 10:17 am December 30, 2013 #

  279. on at 53rd & Charlestown

    Comment by lg — 10:17 am December 30, 2013 #

  280. 4 way stop is the law at dark intersections people

    Comment by coffee — 10:17 am December 30, 2013 #

  281. Out at 47th & Alaska

    Comment by Al — 10:18 am December 30, 2013 #

  282. Power is on. 36th near Myrtle Res park.

    Comment by KM — 10:18 am December 30, 2013 #

  283. Power out at 41st ave sw & SW Dawson street

    Comment by Rocco — 10:18 am December 30, 2013 #

  284. I was driving up Delridge: power on at the light near Home Depot and points south. We are now at a very bright, very empty Target store.

    Comment by Susan — 10:18 am December 30, 2013 #

  285. Surge – blink at 32nw and Holden but stayed on.

    Comment by Wendy — 10:18 am December 30, 2013 #

  286. We don’t have power at 44th and Admiral, but the Bank of America and 7-11 across the street do (and they say they aren’t on generators.

    Comment by Laura — 10:19 am December 30, 2013 #

  287. Power is on, on 16th & Henderson/Barton. Didn’t even notice a flicker.

    .

    (When I logged onto this story, about 23 minutes after what the timestamp shows as the time published, 148 comments posted. New record for number of comments for around that amount of time?)

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 10:20 am December 30, 2013 #

  288. Out at Outwest…..

    Comment by guy — 10:20 am December 30, 2013 #

  289. So far, OK at Guadalupe, although it did flicker

    Comment by B B — 10:20 am December 30, 2013 #

  290. Copper thieves strike again?

    Comment by Brandon — 10:20 am December 30, 2013 #

  291. Power on at Hotwire Coffee Shop and post office on Calif. Ave.

    Comment by Cozy at home — 10:20 am December 30, 2013 #

  292. Power out at Junction/ Alaska & Glenn Way it’s only the 2nd time in 10 years

    Comment by Rose — 10:20 am December 30, 2013 #

  293. Power but no Comcast, 36 and Juneau.

    Comment by Nancy — 10:21 am December 30, 2013 #

  294. Power on; 34th between Morgan and Holly

    Comment by Patrick — 10:21 am December 30, 2013 #

  295. Power is ON at 33rd & Charlestown, but Comcast internet/cable is out

    Comment by Sera — 10:21 am December 30, 2013 #

  296. How ’bout those Seahawks!

    Comment by Seahulk — 10:22 am December 30, 2013 #

  297. Watched red dawn with my 8 year old last night now he is hiding in his room waiting for the koreans to attack us thanks power outage

    Comment by jason the awesome — 10:22 am December 30, 2013 #

  298. The east side of 44th between Andover and Charlestown has power while the west side is dark

    Comment by David — 10:23 am December 30, 2013 #

  299. No power on College in N. Admiral

    Comment by jenny — 10:23 am December 30, 2013 #

  300. Outages listed in the comments above seem to extend beyond what City Light is currently showing:

    http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/

    Comment by tedb310 — 10:24 am December 30, 2013 #

  301. Watched red dawn with my 8 year old last night now he is hiding in his room waiting for the koreans thanks power outage

    Comment by jason the awesome — 10:24 am December 30, 2013 #

  302. If Beveridge Place still has power, I’ll be fine.

    Comment by fargo2seattle — 10:24 am December 30, 2013 #

  303. Power is still out at 35th ave SW & Fauntleroy by the bridge

    Comment by Julie S — 10:24 am December 30, 2013 #

  304. on 42nd just east of Admiral Safeway…power is on…one of the lucky ones…now I have to do laundry :-\

    Comment by JanS — 10:25 am December 30, 2013 #

  305. Power is on in the Sealth High School are.

    Comment by Carole — 10:25 am December 30, 2013 #

  306. On @Fauntleroy Children’s Center (Fauntleroy & Director)

    Comment by Michael M. McCormick — 10:25 am December 30, 2013 #

  307. Charlie … I’m way older than your daughter and I’m a little confused too!! I keep flipping the lights on!! We’re at 49th and Andover. Heard a huge boom just after the lights went out. Lived here 22 years and have only lost power one other time.

    Comment by Bornonalki — 10:26 am December 30, 2013 #

  308. On across from the water taxi.

    Comment by kalo — 10:26 am December 30, 2013 #

  309. Power is on at 55th and Genesee
    Seems like it is out all around us !

    Comment by RAM — 10:27 am December 30, 2013 #

  310. We have power in Arbor Heights, but the office at California / Genessee is out.

    Comment by Jason — 10:27 am December 30, 2013 #

  311. The city light map does not show our outage at 44th & 45th and Charlestown and I even spoke to a rep at city light to log us into the system.

    Comment by KatieH — 10:28 am December 30, 2013 #

  312. Can a single transformer affect so many widely separated areas? Wow…

    Comment by Pibal — 10:28 am December 30, 2013 #

  313. Power on around intersection of Alki and Beach Drive.

    Comment by KatieH — 10:28 am December 30, 2013 #

  314. Transformer is being replaced at 46th & Hanford

    Comment by N — 10:31 am December 30, 2013 #

  315. and if the kids don’t know what to do, give ‘em a book and a flashlight

    Comment by JanS — 10:32 am December 30, 2013 #

  316. On, Morgan in High Point

    Comment by trickycoolj — 10:33 am December 30, 2013 #

  317. Whole west side of the street is out on. 38th and Hudson. Our neighbors across are still lit up.

    Comment by Kim — 10:34 am December 30, 2013 #

  318. Not sure if anyone has already said this, but Admiral business district does have power.

    Comment by Kent — 10:35 am December 30, 2013 #

  319. When I just called the SCL outage hotline to report they said the estimate was 4pm for our power to be back on at 40th/Morgan

    Comment by Joyce — 10:35 am December 30, 2013 #

  320. We have power at California and Hill.

    Comment by HKW — 10:36 am December 30, 2013 #

  321. The map is definitely not complete. I’m at 58th and Alki and I have no power but the map shows all of Alki with power.

    Comment by Meg — 10:36 am December 30, 2013 #

  322. The Quest distribution building on the 4000 block of Cali has it’s generator running. So land lines going through it hopefully will work. Now I want my Americano!

    Comment by HotWired — 10:36 am December 30, 2013 #

  323. Thanks, Joyce. As we all know from past outages, the estimates are just guesstimates – could be sooner, could be later, could be lots later. My advice from 2006- don’t open the refrigerator! The longer you keep it closed, the longer what’s in there will keep.

    Comment by WSB — 10:37 am December 30, 2013 #

  324. I do not see the intersection of 35th/Fauntleroy in the map. We here at Budget Blinds are also out of power.

    Comment by Angela Hoskyn — 10:38 am December 30, 2013 #

  325. Maybe the outage is a result of some bad karma SCL created for themselves after they cut down trees at the surplus substations…?

    Comment by Mike D. — 10:40 am December 30, 2013 #

  326. Power is out at 4800 Fauntleroy way sw.

    Comment by Randall Marshall — 10:43 am December 30, 2013 #

  327. The online map has been updated to show a much larger area affected.
    http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/

    Comment by BeckBe — 10:43 am December 30, 2013 #

  328. Power out on 55th/Alki Ave.

    Comment by J & C — 10:43 am December 30, 2013 #

  329. I’m on Avalon, no power to any buildings or street signals. City Light number to report issues is down/busy and calls won’t complete.

    Comment by Michael B — 10:45 am December 30, 2013 #

  330. I live in High Point but in Phase II, I believe, of High Point which is on the south side of Morgan and I still have power. My lights flickered but that was all.

    Comment by Kelly Garland — 10:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  331. We DO HAVE power in Alki…. East side of 60th ave.

    Comment by Dano — 10:46 am December 30, 2013 #

  332. updated outage map at city light website.

    Comment by Rick — 10:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  333. We’re out at 25th & Brandon, and so is the 76 station behind us on Delridge.

    Comment by Janemckane — 10:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  334. SCL map is updated again, a lot more red in the Delridge coridoor.

    Comment by Chris M — 10:48 am December 30, 2013 #

  335. Thanks, Beck, I’m processing that new grab now …

    Comment by WSB — 10:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  336. No power 1500 block of Alki Ave SW

    Comment by Russ Walker — 10:49 am December 30, 2013 #

  337. Power ON here on California Avenue between Charleston and Andover.

    Comment by marianne — 10:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  338. Out at Fairmount Park. Fauntleroy between Brandon and Dawson

    Comment by Micah — 10:50 am December 30, 2013 #

  339. Thank You WSB for the quick reporting and continued updates. As always, I checked here first to find out what was going on…glad to see so many others did as well.

    Comment by Michael Copeland — 10:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  340. No power 54th & Alki.

    Comment by Kristined — 10:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  341. Out at 39th and Morgan;(

    Comment by Steph Pratt — 10:53 am December 30, 2013 #

  342. No power at 47th and holgate

    Comment by Mm — 10:57 am December 30, 2013 #

  343. The Post Office on the 4000 block of Cali is open. And more importantly, Hotwire Cafe next door to it is as well! Power out on the opposite side of the street however

    Comment by HotWired — 10:59 am December 30, 2013 #

  344. Power on at 41st & Oregon. Had a flicker earlier, but no loss of power.

    Comment by lizh — 11:01 am December 30, 2013 #

  345. We DO have power on 34th and Holly

    Comment by Sam — 11:02 am December 30, 2013 #

  346. The west side of 38th (6500 block and higher) are all dark. I look out across the street on 38th longingly, all my neighbors on the east side of the street have power.

    Comment by Susan — 11:04 am December 30, 2013 #

  347. City Light truck just drove east at 44th and Charlestown Street – for what it’s worth.

    Comment by Paula T — 11:04 am December 30, 2013 #

  348. Out at Massachusetts/ California in north admiral.

    Comment by Stephanie — 11:06 am December 30, 2013 #

  349. 37th/38th and Dakota out.

    Comment by Casey — 11:06 am December 30, 2013 #

  350. My fiance was at home and outside when it happened – North Delridge right by the community center he heard a pop and the whipping sound of high tension wire snapping. He thinks someone probably hit a pole because the line at the back of our house was bouncing pretty heavily. He’s reported it to the city, hopefully we’ll see something come of that.

    Comment by Cait — 11:06 am December 30, 2013 #

  351. Kiro 7 Heli is flying around North Delridge/Avalon area.

    Comment by Michael B — 11:07 am December 30, 2013 #

  352. Appears as if we are part of a North Delridge power oasis due to the nearby substation? We’re near 26th and Findlay.

    Comment by lk — 11:09 am December 30, 2013 #

  353. I have power in n delridge..city light probably favors nucor over homes

    Comment by Santa — 11:10 am December 30, 2013 #

  354. House full of teens about to go rogue. Have barricaded myself in basement with dogs & a cold cup of coffee. I believe they are strategizing on what to do with the limited amount of battery life left on their iphones. When asked why I have not invested in an integrated diesel driven generator system, I didn’t have a satisfactory answer. Thus, I am creating an urban bunker until this all blows over. All for now. 36% left on the laptop battery being wifi tethered by the cell phone….

    Comment by 4thGenWestSide — 11:13 am December 30, 2013 #

  355. Cafe Ladro has power. As of about a half hour ago the Starbucks at Morgan did not and Uptown was also out.

    Comment by MTHS — 11:14 am December 30, 2013 #

  356. Oh, and my house is in Fairmount Park but miraculously has power — we’re in the weird little unexpected spot.

    Comment by MTHS — 11:16 am December 30, 2013 #

  357. this is a good wake up call for being ready for an earthquake!

    Comment by sc — 11:16 am December 30, 2013 #

  358. Kenyon b/w 39th/41st in Gatewood was ON/stable all throughout.

    How does one transformer outage (if that was the case) cause such a widespread outage? Feels like there was a cascading set of outages.

    Comment by wsn00b — 11:19 am December 30, 2013 #

  359. We have power here at thistle and California neighborhood.

    Comment by moog — 11:20 am December 30, 2013 #

  360. Still no power in Pigeon Ridge.

    Comment by Ryan — 11:22 am December 30, 2013 #

  361. The Admiral Safeway is open and running. Just loaded up on firewood, and noticed I wasn’t the only one with that idea.

    Comment by Valerie — 11:24 am December 30, 2013 #

  362. Seattle City Light ‏@SEACityLight 2m
    Crews found the cause of the W. Seattle outage. A tree branch fell into power lines near SW Hanford and 46th Ave SW.

    Comment by CptnBly — 11:25 am December 30, 2013 #

  363. We have power at 39th and Austin

    Comment by Jeff Schumacher — 11:25 am December 30, 2013 #

  364. Power still out SW Adams an 26th

    Comment by Connie — 11:25 am December 30, 2013 #

  365. Out at 35th and Avalon

    Comment by Ashley — 11:25 am December 30, 2013 #

  366. Cupcake royal, shoo fly , Chaco canyon all have power & are open and serving lunch/ coffee

    Comment by Stuart — 11:27 am December 30, 2013 #

  367. Cupcake royal, shoo fly , Chaco canyon all have power & are open and serving lunch/ coffee.

    Comment by Stuart — 11:27 am December 30, 2013 #

  368. Cupcake royal, shoo fly, Chaco canyon all have power & are open and serving lunch/ coffee.

    Comment by Stuart — 11:28 am December 30, 2013 #

  369. What are the odds one of these many apartment construction projects is responsible?

    Comment by Jason — 11:29 am December 30, 2013 #

  370. I heard a transformer blew up. RIP Optimus Prime. :(

    Comment by Bumble Bee — 11:30 am December 30, 2013 #

  371. amazing that one tree branch can affect so many in such a wide and varied area !

    Comment by JanS — 11:30 am December 30, 2013 #

  372. No power at lib at 5410 california

    Comment by Life in balance pt — 11:31 am December 30, 2013 #

  373. Cupcake royal, shoo fly, Chacocanyon all have power & are open and serving lunch/ coffee.

    Comment by Stuart — 11:33 am December 30, 2013 #

  374. Cupcake royal, shoo fly, Chacocanyon all have power & are open

    Comment by Stuart — 11:33 am December 30, 2013 #

  375. thanks!

    Comment by WSB — 11:34 am December 30, 2013 #

  376. Out on 45th between Andover & Dakota

    Comment by ALC — 11:34 am December 30, 2013 #

  377. 1:05 PM estimate for 49th/Hanford.

    Comment by CptnBly — 11:34 am December 30, 2013 #

  378. Power faded but came back right away. Now no Comcast and I telecommute so I’m headed for the office! :(

    Comment by PaulaC — 11:36 am December 30, 2013 #

  379. 41st & Edmunds. Power-yes, Comcast-no

    Comment by Maris — 11:41 am December 30, 2013 #

  380. I have power on 50th and Dakota, but my cable is out.

    Comment by Julie — 11:41 am December 30, 2013 #

  381. My son called me at work in Bellevue to tell me about the outage. He asked what to do in case this is the start of the Zombie Apocalypse.

    Comment by Ecadnak — 11:42 am December 30, 2013 #

  382. A branch?? Really!!? I don’t believe it.

    Comment by A — 11:43 am December 30, 2013 #

  383. One tree branch? Yea right. Skynet…..

    Comment by David — 11:43 am December 30, 2013 #

  384. Must’ve been one big-ass tree branch.

    Comment by OP — 11:51 am December 30, 2013 #

  385. Blazing Trails @ Pathfinder K-8 is asking parents to come pick up their children due to lack of phone, heat and hot water at our site. Parents with children at our site today will be called directly with this information.

    Comment by Jennifer H. — 11:52 am December 30, 2013 #

  386. Thanks, Jennifer.

    Comment by WSB — 11:54 am December 30, 2013 #

  387. I must comment because everybody else is. We have power in Fauntlee Hills.

    Comment by Bonnie — 11:55 am December 30, 2013 #

  388. Ouch. Gods.help.us if we get an ice storm with that kind of infrastructure. ..

    Comment by Fregirl — 11:56 am December 30, 2013 #

  389. 49th & Alaska: Anyone get an estimate on Comcast time frame? I got lucky with power but no dice on Comcast!

    Comment by JZ — 11:57 am December 30, 2013 #

  390. 36th and Findlay – power is ON, cable out.

    Comment by LR — 12:01 pm December 30, 2013 #

  391. I’m so glad power is not out in Westwood. I have the misfortune of living with a doomer who would take it as a sign that the ” end is happening” Bust out all of his survival gear and prepare to fight off the hoards of zombie looters. ( GIGANTIC EYE ROLL FROM ME). Quite frankly I’m not in the mood to hear about it today. Hope every ones power comes backs soon. at least the weather is relatively mild right now.

    Comment by sophista-tiki — 12:01 pm December 30, 2013 #

  392. We have power but no Internet/phone/cable in Belvidere

    Comment by Rebecca — 12:02 pm December 30, 2013 #

  393. Internet/cable needs electricity to work. Out at Brandon and 25 ave sw

    Comment by Tammy — 12:03 pm December 30, 2013 #

  394. Alki Ave still out, but several of the restaurants on Alki are open. Not all. I’m guessing aux generators?

    Comment by Steve — 12:04 pm December 30, 2013 #

  395. Almost saw a woman run over on 35th two blocks north of last nights incident, due to people not stopping at an out light. Be carefull if your driving now. MOST people are NOT treating the out lights like 4 way stops. They are just speeding through.

    Comment by Oops — 12:05 pm December 30, 2013 #

  396. Ugh we are still out on Alki!….

    Comment by Sapna — 12:10 pm December 30, 2013 #

  397. Spoke with Comcast moments ago! Their system is down for everyone in West Seattle and won’t be up until all of the power is restored.

    Comment by West Seattle guy — 12:11 pm December 30, 2013 #

  398. Thanks, WS Guy, they don’t have easy-access media people like municipal utilities … Anyway, for what it’s worth, we are NOT down with Comcast Internet here in Upper Fauntleroy, where our power didn’t go out, either (except for a flicker). We have both Comcast and CenturyLink and while I usually use the latter, I just checked the former and it’s OK – Tracy

    Comment by WSB — 12:16 pm December 30, 2013 #

  399. We here at 1114 Sunset Avenue SW still have no power. ::(((((

    Comment by Kim Feinberg — 12:16 pm December 30, 2013 #

  400. Still out here at cali & Fauntleroy across from Zeeks and thriftway. Hoping they restore it soon, it’s freezing!

    Comment by Morgan Junction mama — 12:20 pm December 30, 2013 #

  401. Playing a board game! Kind of glad it’s the year 1990 again!

    Comment by Normal Joe — 12:20 pm December 30, 2013 #

  402. Some businesses in the alki business district are closed due to powe out. Others are open. Sbux is closed.

    Comment by AceMotel — 12:21 pm December 30, 2013 #

  403. We have power and Comcast on Genesee Hill; flickered, but did not go out.

    Comment by Genesee Hill — 12:22 pm December 30, 2013 #

  404. Comcast is not out for all of west seattle. It is on here in gatewood

    Comment by wsn00b — 12:23 pm December 30, 2013 #

  405. I find it really hard to believe that that tree caused so many to lose power. And our Internet has been out all morning (prior to this outage).

    Comment by A — 12:24 pm December 30, 2013 #

  406. The whole system is tied together in a way that one seemingly small problem can trip feeders and others down the line. Never, seemingly, the same way twice.

    Comment by WSB — 12:27 pm December 30, 2013 #

  407. Comcast works off commercial power, with somuch commercail power out there is no way to use generators! Trust they are bringing all available man power to West Seattle to much sure they get it up and running as soon as possible. But have to prioritize for businesses and medical facilities.

    Comment by TS3 — 12:29 pm December 30, 2013 #

  408. Power on but Comcast down in Belvidere near Hinds

    Comment by Melissa — 12:30 pm December 30, 2013 #

  409. 381 comments! What’s the record number of comments on an article for the WSB this year? Feels like this post might’ve beat it just before the year ends.

    Comment by Anonymous — 12:30 pm December 30, 2013 #

  410. Out here in the 6700 block of 41st avenue SW. I am on the west side of the street and across the way my neighbors Christmas lights seen to still be on so maybe it’s just my side

    Comment by Dawn — 12:31 pm December 30, 2013 #

  411. My block 6500 42nd Ave SW isn’t shaded on the SCL map and there’s no power. I called the SCL hotline and the new ETA for power is 3:29pm.

    Comment by Sonia — 12:33 pm December 30, 2013 #

  412. Do NOT , I repeat DO NOT go out for a meal!!!! Every restaurant is PACKED that is close to the blackout area. Tried 3 places for breakfast and finally in a place for lunch and been waiting and feeling sorry for the poor waitress.

    Comment by David P — 12:33 pm December 30, 2013 #

  413. Back on at38th n dakota!

    Comment by Elaine — 12:34 pm December 30, 2013 #

  414. California and Dakota is back in business!

    Comment by Kyle — 12:34 pm December 30, 2013 #

  415. Power’s back on at California & Dakota.

    Comment by Emily — 12:35 pm December 30, 2013 #

  416. Power just came back on. 39th Ave SW between Oregon and Genessee.

    Comment by Rebecca — 12:35 pm December 30, 2013 #

  417. The lights are back on!
    Woohoo!!

    25th & Dakota

    Comment by NorDel — 12:36 pm December 30, 2013 #

  418. Back on at 37th and Andover about five minutes ago

    Comment by Annelies — 12:36 pm December 30, 2013 #

  419. Power and Comcast back on just now at 12:33.

    Comment by Paula T — 12:36 pm December 30, 2013 #

  420. Tree branch is the cause? What a joke…Come on, this is maybe the second time I have lost power on Avalon way since 2007. Not buying that lame ass excuse.

    Comment by Babs — 12:37 pm December 30, 2013 #

  421. Thanks for all the updates Tracy! Like were back at “The Evil Empire”. Haha

    Comment by Steve — 12:37 pm December 30, 2013 #

  422. Power back on @ 25th ave Sw & SW Brandon :-)

    Comment by Tammy — 12:37 pm December 30, 2013 #

  423. Just came back on at 44th and Admiral!

    Comment by Laura — 12:37 pm December 30, 2013 #

  424. And it’s back up in north admiral

    Comment by Solomon — 12:38 pm December 30, 2013 #

  425. Power back on but now all our furniture is gone…
    ;)

    Comment by Elaine — 12:39 pm December 30, 2013 #

  426. Yay !!
    We have power again on 46th ave.

    Thank you SCL

    Comment by Ian C — 12:39 pm December 30, 2013 #

  427. Back on at 49th & Andover!

    Comment by Bornonalki — 12:39 pm December 30, 2013 #

  428. Back on at 49th and Admiral :)

    Comment by Betsy — 12:39 pm December 30, 2013 #

  429. Power back on at 46th & SW Hill.

    Comment by Teresa Rodriguez — 12:39 pm December 30, 2013 #

  430. Back on 46th and Admiral

    Comment by admiral mom — 12:40 pm December 30, 2013 #

  431. Hey North Admiral folks, send some power over the hill – still dark on Alki.

    Comment by Steve — 12:41 pm December 30, 2013 #

  432. Power back on at 45th & Seattle St in North Admiral.

    Comment by LHen — 12:41 pm December 30, 2013 #

  433. Power back on west side of 4000 block of California. No comcast though.

    Comment by ThomasEdison — 12:41 pm December 30, 2013 #

  434. At 45th and Holgate, restored ~5 minutes ago

    Comment by Tony Hamilton — 12:42 pm December 30, 2013 #

  435. Seattle City Light ‏@SEACityLight 3m
    Update on estimate for restoration of service in West Seattle. Crews expect to restore power by 3:30 p.m.

    Comment by CptnBly — 12:42 pm December 30, 2013 #

  436. I spoke too soon! Alki power is back

    Comment by Steve — 12:43 pm December 30, 2013 #

  437. 49th and Hanford back

    Comment by CptnBly — 12:43 pm December 30, 2013 #

  438. power back on at 35 and Fauntleroy

    Comment by lindsay — 12:44 pm December 30, 2013 #

  439. Power on at Alki & 54th

    Comment by Kristine — 12:44 pm December 30, 2013 #

  440. At 12:47 power was restored here at 56th Ave SW and SW Lander St..

    Comment by Greg Williams — 12:48 pm December 30, 2013 #

  441. Back on at 53rd and Admiral.

    Comment by John — 12:48 pm December 30, 2013 #

  442. Power is back on at Oregon/Glenn Way!

    Comment by Mookie — 12:48 pm December 30, 2013 #

  443. Comcast internet is working in our area.

    Comment by CptnBly — 12:49 pm December 30, 2013 #

  444. Power still out in our neck of Delridge at 25th and Brandon. Called Sea City Light and recording estimates 330 for power to return. Thanks for coverage.

    Comment by KK — 12:49 pm December 30, 2013 #

  445. back on at Alki near 53rd

    Comment by Felicia — 12:50 pm December 30, 2013 #

  446. Good thing I woke up so late today. Only had to go without Internet for abut 30 minutes. Was the scariest 30 minutes of my life – cold sweats, convulsions, and everything.

    Comment by Me — 12:52 pm December 30, 2013 #

  447. Power just now back on at 47th and Edmunds.

    Comment by smackadew — 12:53 pm December 30, 2013 #

  448. Power on. Yea! 4800 California ave sw

    Comment by Carrie — 12:54 pm December 30, 2013 #

  449. Just got power back at 47th/Genesee – yay!
    Thanks SLC :)

    Comment by Kate K — 12:55 pm December 30, 2013 #

  450. 45th & Andover – power came back on at 12:30

    Comment by doug — 12:55 pm December 30, 2013 #

  451. Power restored in Dawson and California. Internet problems are due to the outage. You need electricity to have Internet so I am now online.

    Comment by Thei — 12:56 pm December 30, 2013 #

  452. On and off about 5 times – 44th and Juneau

    Comment by A — 12:57 pm December 30, 2013 #

  453. Power back in 6300 block of 39th

    Comment by James — 12:58 pm December 30, 2013 #

  454. City lite now estimates restoration of power at 330pm for 47th and Holgate in north admiral.

    Comment by Mm — 12:58 pm December 30, 2013 #

  455. Power and Comcast back about 10 minutes ago, SW Lander and Admiral.

    Comment by mrsB — 12:58 pm December 30, 2013 #

  456. Lights are on at highpoint

    Comment by Tim — 12:58 pm December 30, 2013 #

  457. Power and Comcast cable back on at Cali & Fauntleroy.

    Comment by Morgan Junction Mama — 12:58 pm December 30, 2013 #

  458. SE Morgan junction power is back ON now

    Comment by Artistx — 12:59 pm December 30, 2013 #

  459. Power on just now at 49th & Forney.

    Comment by Valerie — 1:00 pm December 30, 2013 #

  460. Power’s back on in High Point!

    Comment by Lia — 1:00 pm December 30, 2013 #

  461. Power back 12:56 @ 38th and Juneau – good job to the city for getting it fixed so quickly!

    Comment by carl — 1:01 pm December 30, 2013 #

  462. Power back at 41st and Edmunds

    Comment by Cherie — 1:02 pm December 30, 2013 #

  463. Alki is back in action!

    Comment by Sapna — 1:02 pm December 30, 2013 #

  464. Power back on at Fauntleroy & Graham as of 12:58 p.m.

    Comment by Jon Shields — 1:03 pm December 30, 2013 #

  465. Power back on at 45th and SW Holgate! Thanks for getting it fixed so fast CityLight and workers!!!

    Comment by PDH — 1:04 pm December 30, 2013 #

  466. Back on on 45th btw genesse and Dakota

    Comment by Diane — 1:05 pm December 30, 2013 #

  467. Come on, only 10,551 comments to go!

    Couldn’t resist….;)

    Comment by G — 1:05 pm December 30, 2013 #

  468. Back on in Morgan Junction.

    Comment by Joel — 1:06 pm December 30, 2013 #

  469. Sw 41st and Dawson back with electric! Would’ve been interesting if this was yesterday! Go Hawks!

    Comment by Spark-O — 1:07 pm December 30, 2013 #

  470. Still out at 26th & Adams @ 1:08pm

    Comment by John Roche — 1:08 pm December 30, 2013 #

  471. still out on 25th between Juneau and Findlay. Husband just drove down to the substation on 26th to see if we could get an update. looks as though there is no one around? Hope we get power soon as my 90 year old father lives with us.as I was typing this it came back on.yay!

    Comment by D — 1:10 pm December 30, 2013 #

  472. Thanks, John – enough people are back that now we’re wondering who’s still out, appreciate the update. – Tracy

    Comment by WSB — 1:10 pm December 30, 2013 #

  473. Power back on at 25th and Brandon in North Delridge. Yay!

    Comment by KK — 1:11 pm December 30, 2013 #

  474. Power back on in pigeon point!

    Comment by Jenicalove — 1:11 pm December 30, 2013 #

  475. Power still out at 48th and Admiral….

    Comment by Elle — 1:11 pm December 30, 2013 #

  476. We are on 41st between Fauntleroy and Graham and still have no power. It turned off and on 4-5 times and then went back to off. Called and we have a new restoration time of 3:29. Hopefully it won’t take that long.

    Comment by j — 1:12 pm December 30, 2013 #

  477. Power and internet back on in Pigeon point area

    Comment by triplej — 1:13 pm December 30, 2013 #

  478. This is RIDICULOUS!! Off and on multiple times but ultimately it stayed off. 44th and Juneau

    Comment by A — 1:13 pm December 30, 2013 #

  479. Tree branch is the cause? What a joke…Come on, this is maybe the second time I have lost power on Avalon way since 2007. Not buying that lame ass excuse.

    Comment by Babs — 12:37 pm December 30, 2013 #

    26KV feeder line that has a tree branch going phase to phase will cause numerous problems. Circuit protectors performed as designed, or there would be a MAJOR outage and damage. Not a lame ass excuse, fact of life.
    As of 1:18…..Crews continue to make progress in West Seattle. Outage down to about 750 customers.
    Thanks to our crews for kickin butt today.
    Mike @ SCL.

    Comment by Born on Alki — 1:13 pm December 30, 2013 #

  480. This is what happens when you allow that socialist electricity to run your lives ; )

    Comment by DTK — 1:18 pm December 30, 2013 #

  481. Power back on 38th and Oregon

    Comment by Lost flamingo — 1:21 pm December 30, 2013 #

  482. Power still out in our building across from Hiawatha Park, although I see lights in the community center and PCC was open next door when I went out an hour ago.

    Comment by Fox — 1:21 pm December 30, 2013 #

  483. Power back in the High Point Neighborhood.

    Comment by Abdi — 1:25 pm December 30, 2013 #

  484. power is on at 2nd and Lucile.

    just thougt I’d add to the melee.

    Comment by smokeycretin9 — 1:31 pm December 30, 2013 #

  485. Power restored about 30 minutes ago, Internet just came back at 1:35. Don’t know if it was due to multiple cold boots or some other factor.

    Comment by WestSide45 — 1:39 pm December 30, 2013 #

  486. N. Morgan Junction-still out. Though my neighbors across the street never lost power….Grr!

    Comment by justducky — 1:44 pm December 30, 2013 #

  487. Tracy, huge thanks to WSB for keeping us posted. Really helpful to know I could check in here and learn which businesses still had power (to Starbucks or not to Starbucks!) and when to expect ours back. Definitely my best go-to resource.

    Oh, and power and Comcast back at Youngstown Flats about 1.15.

    Comment by CF — 1:50 pm December 30, 2013 #

  488. still out at Juneau & calif (despite calling we never made it onto the city light outage map). and now it looks like i will be going grocery shopping again to replace the contents of the fridge.

    Comment by Colleen — 2:00 pm December 30, 2013 #

  489. Still no power. 44th and Juneau. Kids and I are freezing! Going to run car in garage for phone power. 13% and dropping quickly.

    Comment by A — 2:08 pm December 30, 2013 #

  490. Sorry to hear that – we’ve heard from a few other people in the north Morgan/Seaview area that seem to be one of the last pockets, too.

    Comment by WSB — 2:09 pm December 30, 2013 #

  491. Was just told that my building’s power is still out… California/Lander across from the park. Dang! Thanks for all of your hard work though SCL!

    Comment by Gina — 2:14 pm December 30, 2013 #

  492. Good grief. Do not run your car in the garage!

    Comment by Jeffrey — 2:15 pm December 30, 2013 #

  493. How did we ever survive without Starbucks and the internet?

    Comment by Jeffrey — 2:17 pm December 30, 2013 #

  494. A – be careful about running cars in garages – make sure space is well ventilated. Carbon monoxide poisoning not worth phone power.

    Comment by mattyT — 2:18 pm December 30, 2013 #

  495. Out at 41st and Raymond

    Comment by Julie — 2:19 pm December 30, 2013 #

  496. Power back at 45th and Lander. Crock pot rescue by friend at California and Walker. Lovely chicken chili!

    Comment by gina — 2:19 pm December 30, 2013 #

  497. A – once again being on the special older power grid/underground system means we are the last to get power back. city light has been promising to upgrade this area since the big storms but nothing has ever happened.

    Comment by Colleen — 2:23 pm December 30, 2013 #

  498. Still no power at 42nd and Graham. Second major outage in 3 months. Not happy.

    Comment by m11y — 2:31 pm December 30, 2013 #

  499. Bada bing! I live on Stevens, about a block from the scene of the main break, and the power just came back at 2:30. Comcast also. Let’s hope it stays on.

    Comment by onion — 2:32 pm December 30, 2013 #

  500. Power back at 47th and Stevens!

    Comment by Renee — 2:32 pm December 30, 2013 #

  501. It’s back on for us at Cooper Artist Lofts/Youngstown.

    Comment by Scott — 2:35 pm December 30, 2013 #

  502. Luckily I was taking the kids to see The Hobbit movie when we lost power. Power was back on when we got home.

    Comment by Admiral resident — 2:35 pm December 30, 2013 #

  503. California and juneau is still out. Any idea when it should be back on?

    Comment by sc — 2:43 pm December 30, 2013 #

  504. Still no power 52nd & Stevens along schmitz park

    Comment by deb — 2:49 pm December 30, 2013 #

  505. SCL estimate for remaining people is 3:30ish. They just said they’re down to 20 homes/businesses. If you’re still out, be sure to call and make sure they know it, in case you’re in an unmapped zone …

    Comment by WSB — 2:52 pm December 30, 2013 #

  506. just called city light and the current estimated restoration time for calif & juneau is 9pm. i just got cranky.

    Comment by Colleen — 2:53 pm December 30, 2013 #

  507. and what a wimpy branch it was…never underestimate the power of little things, huh…

    Comment by JanS — 3:12 pm December 30, 2013 #

  508. Wow! Is this a record for number of posts? I can’t remember seeing this many posts in a looong time. I hope your system doesn’t explode after the usage today!
    .
    I am on vacation in Florida right now, and we have had power all day, FWIW :) (lots of sun, too)
    .
    Hope everyone still without power gets it returned quickly!

    Comment by ACG — 3:14 pm December 30, 2013 #

  509. I have added SCL’s explanation of the domino effect caused by the branch. See end of our text above. (3 pm update)

    Comment by WSB — 3:14 pm December 30, 2013 #

  510. Power still on at 21st and Roxbury!!

    Comment by smokeycretin9 — 3:16 pm December 30, 2013 #

  511. Just called because we are not on the outage map at 41st and Fauntleroy. Message said power on by 6 PM.

    Comment by MorganResident — 3:16 pm December 30, 2013 #

  512. We should make a bronze statue of the branch at the corner California and Alaska, and dub it “The Little Branch That Made 11,000 Seattleites Whine.”

    Yeah, little branch!

    Comment by OP — 3:21 pm December 30, 2013 #

  513. Well it forced me to get out and get all my Christmas returns and exchanges done. :) So thank you power outage. I am glad it is done.

    Comment by Stephanie — 3:23 pm December 30, 2013 #

  514. ACG, this is #2. #1 was the snow/ice day in Nov. 2010.

    Comment by WSB — 3:27 pm December 30, 2013 #

  515. SCL automated line is reporting 5:59 PM resotration time for Fauntleroy/Graham area.

    Comment by CJ — 3:32 pm December 30, 2013 #

  516. Power back on 51st and Admiral. No internet though and we have Century Link. Any updates on internet?

    Comment by Kirsten — 3:35 pm December 30, 2013 #

  517. Anyone know if north end of Alki Ave has had power restored?

    Comment by Russ Walker — 3:35 pm December 30, 2013 #

  518. I just called SCL because our block (6300 41st) still is without power and not on the outage map. If you are sitting in a cold house you may want to call. They were under the impression that our block had been restored.

    Comment by j — 3:40 pm December 30, 2013 #

  519. I live across the street from where SCL is still working, and I don’t buy the story of the little branch. Just a couple of months ago they were working on these exact same telephone poles. They even left an extra pole laying in the parking strip ever since then, which I think they might be using right now. They’re still up there, on the same poles as before. That being said, the guys in the field are doing an excellent job making sure we’re all warm and our gadgets work. Thanks WSB for the coverage.

    Comment by N — 3:42 pm December 30, 2013 #

  520. Still no power by Morgan Junction. New ETA is 5:59PM.

    Comment by Sonia — 3:44 pm December 30, 2013 #

  521. 35th & Brandon – power has been all day but Century Link Internet went out around 10:30 am and is still not on.

    Comment by Natalie — 3:52 pm December 30, 2013 #

  522. OP. yeah, we were whining, but here: an office of 20 people just waiting for power to come back on. not too much to do without power but clean your desk. surely there were other offices/ business in the same position.

    Comment by a stick, just a stick — 3:53 pm December 30, 2013 #

  523. Just an FYI- I purchased one of those butane ranges at an Asian market for $25, a real life saver in times like these. Much safer than the propane camping stoves since it has a pezio electric starter . Yes, I still used it outside. :)

    Checked my fridge thermometer, I’m still good for another 2 hours.

    Comment by justducky — 4:02 pm December 30, 2013 #

  524. woo hooo! the power is back on!!!!!:)

    Comment by grace g. — 4:15 pm December 30, 2013 #

  525. Good to know the whole area can be crippled so easily. I’m sure much of the junction and those employed here lost plenty of revenue today, so I say whine away my friends and neighbors.

    Comment by Jason — 4:16 pm December 30, 2013 #

  526. I just happen to be walking my dog by just after the power went out. The power co. was already their looking at the ” little branch”. They showed it to me and It was a little branch that was burnt.
    Sometimes the little thing do the most damage just ask that little dog who tried to beat up my big dog on my walk. Kris
    P.S. We have our power now at 46th and Stevens

    Comment by Kris — 4:18 pm December 30, 2013 #

  527. #firstworldproblems

    Comment by Me — 4:19 pm December 30, 2013 #

  528. Out and proud with Jon at Outwest

    Comment by Guy — 4:22 pm December 30, 2013 #

  529. Taking my husband to Jaks for his Birthday dinner; anyone know if it will be open? Is the power restored in that block? Thanks! (They are not answering their phone!)

    Comment by sarah — 4:24 pm December 30, 2013 #

  530. @sarah – There is power in all the junction as far as I can tell. I’m pretty sure they have power, and they don’t open until maybe 4:30 or 5 I believe.

    Comment by Jason — 4:27 pm December 30, 2013 #

  531. FWIW, I would have been glad to immediately report where the outage came from, since we live about 50 yards away, but, after determining, with my next door neighbor’s help, what the cause was, I couldn’t get through to the City Light phone. After trying several times more over the next hour or so, I gave up. I then walked past the dead traffic light at California and Lander. While most people were treating it as a four-way stop, several drivers on California were treating it as a permanent green light for them and drove through without even slowing down. Every few minutes, there was a near accident, including a woman on her cell phone who stopped at the last moment before hitting a pedestrian in the crosswalk. I phoned the SPD non-emergency line to report the public safety problem. My California and Lander location got translated into Alaska Junction, and the power outage in the Admiral District got translated into Delridge. I repeated it all again, including that I wasn’t reporting a power outage but a traffic safety problem caused by a power outage. I don’t think the person ever understood why I was calling. I don’t have a phone with a data plan, so I had no way quick way to spread the word on either issue to WSB. For the future, I will add your phone number to my cell phone.

    Comment by Larry Erickson — 4:28 pm December 30, 2013 #

  532. Thanks Jason!

    Comment by sarah — 4:30 pm December 30, 2013 #

  533. Look on the bright side–This is nothing compared to the chaos that will be potentially caused by a big earthquake.

    Comment by East Coast Cynic — 4:34 pm December 30, 2013 #

  534. whatever Me, maybe we can take all that unbillable time and find something to bill it to. then it’s your first world problem, taxpayer. :) cheers *
    fragile power system; isn’t that a #thirdworldproblem

    *obviously, I wouldn’t condone that in real life.

    Comment by a stick, just a stick — 4:56 pm December 30, 2013 #

  535. From those we’ve heard from, sounds like the pocket north of Morgan Junction is the main remaining spot without power – anybody else?

    Comment by WSB — 5:02 pm December 30, 2013 #

  536. BridgePark is a retirement community & my 94 year old mom is getting VERY cold. Why is this area (morgan) the LAST to be taken care of??

    Comment by debbie russ — 5:15 pm December 30, 2013 #

  537. Tracy – in the/a follow up with Seattle City Light is there a chance to ask them about the North of Morgan Junction – that is are they going to upgrade the system at all? Its been talked about for years (and most every time we lose power and are the last to get it back) but nothing ever happens.

    Comment by Colleen — 5:15 pm December 30, 2013 #

  538. Debbie, sorry to hear that – first I’ve heard that the stretch that far east is still out too; we are going to do a little reconnaissance driving now that it’s almost fully dark to see who’s still out. Please keep calling City Light, if she has individual service, or make sure the BP management is calling. The CL spokesperson with whom I corresponded earlier today gave that express advice – keep calling to make sure they know who’s still out – TR

    Comment by WSB — 5:19 pm December 30, 2013 #

  539. Power still out at 42nd and Graham. Now it’s dark and I’m starting a fire. It’s like the 1800s!

    Comment by m11y — 5:20 pm December 30, 2013 #

  540. 44th and Juneau – no freakin power still! I’m not happy. I figured it must be at least our whole block but no it’s about 4 houses. This is crazy!

    Comment by A — 5:26 pm December 30, 2013 #

  541. One more thing it came on at 1 (and off and on and off and on and off..) Why the hell didnt it stay on?!

    Comment by A — 5:42 pm December 30, 2013 #

  542. 46th Ave SW and SW Hill Street sill no power, City light have advised power could back on at 10pm!

    Comment by Marilyn Shoemaker — 5:43 pm December 30, 2013 #

  543. When it went out this morning, I got in my car and used my nifty little WiFi Analyzer app to try and track where the outage was. I figured that if I wasn’t picking up any WiFi signals, then the power was probably off in that area, because at any given time and place here in WS there are an average of 10 WiFis that can broadcast their signal to the street.

    My block of 6500 39th — NOTHING. But a block North, South, East and West — they all had Wifi running. It seemed like it went for a block or two on and a block or two off in this area.

    Yes, I was bored, not having my power on until exactly 1PM LOL

    Comment by DJ — 6:06 pm December 30, 2013 #

  544. city light said the estimated time was 6pm for calif & juneau until 6pm when i called. now at 840. They said on twitter the people still out of power were the ones a block away from the incident (which isn’t true for me). i almost wish they wouldn’t give estimated times because I have wasted time believing in it. Then again our outage never made the map today.

    Comment by Colleen — 6:12 pm December 30, 2013 #

  545. 41st & Raymond. Power restored around 1pm but I just came back home and it’s out again!

    Comment by Aida — 6:12 pm December 30, 2013 #

  546. DJ, that’s actually a fascinating tidbit – all we could do when the multi-DAY outage following Windstorm ’06 transformed our mission was to drive around post-dark OR, pre-dark, look for traffic signals … which doesn’t help in some signal-free areas like Alki – the WiFi thing is brilliant. I notice it if I have to work in the car while we are driving somewhere; the Airport pulldown on the MacBook Pro will show the wi-fi networks’ names. Sometimes profane, sometimes funny, sometimes default …

    Comment by WSB — 6:16 pm December 30, 2013 #

  547. @stick lighten up, weirdo.

    Comment by Me — 6:17 pm December 30, 2013 #

  548. Power still out around Fauntleroy and Graham. City Light now estimates it will be 8:40 before it’s restored. They keep changing their estimate…..

    Comment by Stephen — 6:28 pm December 30, 2013 #

  549. Power still out @ Fauntleroy & Graham

    Comment by heathsnow — 6:35 pm December 30, 2013 #

  550. For those without power in Morgan Junction, SCL says they haven’t even sent a repair crew out here yet. Crew expected in 45-60 minutes. Three known problems to repair. I don’t know what that means but it does not sound good for power coming on soon

    Comment by Anonymous — 7:04 pm December 30, 2013 #

  551. Still no power at bridge park retirement apts or Elizabeth house full of very old people. Now estimating 3 am. Shouldn’t these old people be the priority instead of the last ?????

    Comment by Debbie — 7:06 pm December 30, 2013 #

  552. I was hopeful when the City Light truck came to our street and stopped four doors down from our house an hour and a half ago. They left, but our block is still without power. I love Seattle. I love our trees. I’m even moderately fond of our local government and its departments. But it would be so nifty/incredible/awesome if a branch didn’t pose an insurmountable obstacle to timely restoring power to so many households! Spoiled groceries twice in 2 months gets expensive.

    Comment by FirstWorldProblemPouter — 7:07 pm December 30, 2013 #

  553. STILL out at 40th/Morgan….

    Comment by Joyce — 7:11 pm December 30, 2013 #

  554. I am sure I have said this more than once but … if you haven’t called City Light in at least the past couple hours, call them again to be SURE they know you’re still out.

    Comment by WSB — 7:24 pm December 30, 2013 #

  555. Bridge park staff said they just called again and were told 3 am

    Comment by Debbie — 7:26 pm December 30, 2013 #

  556. Yep, WSB. Good tip and very necessary. They know we are still out, and estimating an 8:40 restoration which they might revise again to a later time, unfortunately. House is getting very cold without our heaters. Kids bundled up.

    Comment by FirstWorldProblemPouter — 7:29 pm December 30, 2013 #

  557. Don’t want to scare anybody but there was that one recent outage with some folks out for more than 24 hours. And to the person upthread who asked, yes, we will ask again tomorrow about the replacement plans. Last time I asked, there wasn’t a timetable, but that, I think, has been a few months.

    Comment by WSB — 7:34 pm December 30, 2013 #

  558. What’s big, yellow, and sleeps 8? SCL sighting through the Beveridge Place window… power still out east of Morgan Junction. Thank goodness for Micro Monday.

    Comment by lizzle — 7:54 pm December 30, 2013 #

  559. SCL was not padding their 8:40 estimate for restoration in our neighborhood. Still no power at 8:36, and they haven’t pushed back their timetable. I’m more than skeptical.

    Comment by FirstWorldProblemPouter — 8:35 pm December 30, 2013 #

  560. They tweeted at 8:36 pm that everyone was restored. So again … keep calling …

    Comment by WSB — 8:44 pm December 30, 2013 #

  561. Now SCL estimating 10:39 for restoration at Fauntleroy/Morgan.

    Comment by FirstWorldProblemPouter — 8:44 pm December 30, 2013 #

  562. Called at 8:40 its now 10:20/10:30 This has now become comical, especially considering they really didn’t send a truck out our way till 8 pm, despite knowing there was an outage.

    Comment by Colleen — 8:47 pm December 30, 2013 #

  563. Just checked again, now they’re saying 10:39 p.m. before power is restored in Morgan Junction. They just keep adding two hours to the previous estimate.

    Comment by Linda — 8:48 pm December 30, 2013 #

  564. Still out at 42nd and graham

    Comment by Wilson — 8:49 pm December 30, 2013 #

  565. Still out at California and Juneau.

    Comment by Noah — 8:51 pm December 30, 2013 #

  566. Are you kidding me? They said everyone was restored?! It has been 11 hours now and still no power. We are freezing! They just keep pushing the time back by 2 hours. Restoration time is now 10:39pm. WTF?!

    Comment by A — 8:52 pm December 30, 2013 #

  567. New estimated time 10:39 :/

    …I do see a truck in my area. Fingers crossed!

    Comment by justducky — 8:54 pm December 30, 2013 #

  568. All power is NOT restored! 41st and Morgan is still out with the new projected time set at 10:39 pm. It’s worth noting that this particular stretch of 41st is ALWAYS hit hardest during power outages and this time is no different. Please get the word out WSB!

    Comment by Dw — 8:54 pm December 30, 2013 #

  569. Lights are back on at Bridge Park! Hurray! Thank you guys — we saw a lot of very old & very cold people there tonite!

    Comment by debbie — 9:08 pm December 30, 2013 #

  570. Thanks for the update. Hope more good news for everybody else still out.

    Comment by WSB — 9:11 pm December 30, 2013 #

  571. New eta for our power to come back on (41st between Fauntleroy and Graham) is 11ish tonight. Sucks!

    Comment by Morgan Junction Mom — 9:12 pm December 30, 2013 #

  572. Cold and very irritated. Temps at 55 degrees in my living room. Worse near the windows. Don’t believe the outtage will be over at 10:39 as projected. I think City Light will keep bumping the estimate out by 2 hour increments and lie on Twitter about having restored all customers.

    Comment by FirstWorldProblemPouter — 9:12 pm December 30, 2013 #

  573. I am sure you will ask this tracy, but is there a reason why it took them 10 hours to even send a truck out to our area? And why they kept pushing the time back for us?

    Apparently the ancient 4 kilovolt distribution system they still have us on is why we never show up on the GPS outage map – it makes me think there might be other reporting/tracking issues they have with the system that causes it.

    Comment by Colleen — 9:13 pm December 30, 2013 #

  574. 40th & Morgan just had 2 mini surges of power but it’s still off as of now.

    Comment by lizzle — 9:21 pm December 30, 2013 #

  575. It just came back on at Fauntleroy and Graham, and then immediately back off–twice! Now off again, argh!!

    Comment by SD — 9:22 pm December 30, 2013 #

  576. Colleen – we must be neighbors. I’m guessing you live behind us. 44th and Juneau – power on, power off and power on then ultimately back off. It’s a repeat of 1 pm. This is seriously ridiculous!

    Comment by A — 9:24 pm December 30, 2013 #

  577. 42nd & Morgan power still out. WSB I wanted to thank you for the awesome job you do with reporting, and keeping the WS community informed. Thank You!!

    Comment by Morgan Jane — 9:25 pm December 30, 2013 #

  578. Power flickered on a few times and then went out again just as quickly. I wish I was a more patient person. But I’m not.

    Comment by FirstWorldProblemPouter — 9:27 pm December 30, 2013 #

  579. Two trucks driving through the area – but 12 hours into it???
    -44th and Juneau

    Comment by A — 9:42 pm December 30, 2013 #

  580. Cool, was going to the store and discovered my car has been broken into. Took my crappy dc/ac converter. Warning, if you use that, it *will* blow out the fuse in your car. Bahahaha!

    Waiting until daylight to look for further damages and to report.

    Comment by justducky — 9:45 pm December 30, 2013 #

  581. New ETA for power to the East side if the 6500 42nd Ave SW block is 10:39 pm. Hopefully this is the last change.

    Comment by Sonia — 9:46 pm December 30, 2013 #

  582. LOL yup A, I am right behind you guys :) We haven’t had one this bad in a while, but this is just getting old. and cold.

    Comment by Colleen — 9:51 pm December 30, 2013 #

  583. Very disappointed with SCL. Power on,
    Power off, power on, power off. Why is the 41st and Morgan st area always the last. Think they should have to pay for my groceries that have to be tossed out!!

    Comment by B — 9:51 pm December 30, 2013 #

  584. Restoration time is now 1 am tomorrow for Fauntleroy/Morgan.

    Comment by FirstWorldProblemPouter — 9:55 pm December 30, 2013 #

  585. Power on..

    Comment by B — 10:00 pm December 30, 2013 #

  586. Power is now on! 42nd and Fauntleroy. Sorry to those still without power. Hopefully it comes on soon.

    Comment by SF — 10:05 pm December 30, 2013 #

  587. Just got our power back. Whew!

    Comment by FirstWorldProblemPouter — 10:08 pm December 30, 2013 #

  588. Power on Fauntleroy and Graham, seems to be sticking, fingers crossed!

    Comment by SD — 10:11 pm December 30, 2013 #

  589. Power on -finally. Happy New Year!

    Comment by Morgan_joe — 10:13 pm December 30, 2013 #

  590. Yay! The power is back!

    Comment by Sonia — 10:15 pm December 30, 2013 #

  591. Power restored at 42nd and Graham at 10pm.

    Comment by m11y — 10:28 pm December 30, 2013 #

  592. Can’t believe power is back on 44th and Juneau. It only took 12+ hours… Now I can go spend the day tomorrow grocery shopping to replace all of the food I’ll have to throw away. Not happy.

    Comment by A — 10:40 pm December 30, 2013 #

  593. Power!! And thankful for garbage pickup today as there will be space for the fridge emptying.

    Comment by Colleen — 10:42 pm December 30, 2013 #

  594. One positive thing I should mention – while in the yard with the two kiddos late today removing Christmas lights two women out walking their dogs stopped to chat. When they heard we had no power they offered their kitchen to me to use. Really nice. They never lost power at Juneau and 48th.

    Comment by A — 10:43 pm December 30, 2013 #

  595. I saw the power go on at 42 and Fauntleroy at 10:15 – but then it went back off again. At 10:25 when I left, It was still off, but there was a crew working in the alley.

    Comment by Community Member — 10:44 pm December 30, 2013 #

  596. I talked to the linemen and they said the reason it took so long was because they couldn’t find the fault in the line that was causing the power to immediately go back off when they tried turning it back on…I also spoke to him again after the power was restored a he said two of the three lines were good but the third line (1/2 mile long) was still out and they couldn’t find the problem. I’m assuming they found it and everyone is back on now.

    Comment by Joe — 10:53 pm December 30, 2013 #

  597. Our power has been back on for about an hour, but the apartments next door are still out :-(

    SCL is in the alley still working. Not everyone is back on yet.

    Comment by CA — 10:58 pm December 30, 2013 #

  598. Which alley is that?

    Comment by WSB — 11:12 pm December 30, 2013 #

  599. Between 41st and 42nd between Fauntleroy and Graham.

    SCL is still working back there and there’s still no power in the apartment building.

    Comment by CA — 11:27 pm December 30, 2013 #

  600. We took it as a sign to get out of the house. So many museums to choose from, it was tough to decide what warm, well-lit venue to spend the day in.
    Beat my plans to clean the house and our away Christmas stuff.
    So sorry to those who had to stay home, or didn’t get power restored sooner.

    Comment by Glasshalffull — 6:39 am December 31, 2013 #

  601. Honestly, losing power happens far too often. To read comments from ppl saying that they’ve lived in their house for 15 years and never lost power before is incredible to me. We’ve been here 5 years in this house and I can’t tell you how many times we’ve lost power bc it has happened way too many times. In fact, on our block its only about 4 or 5 houses. The people across the street never lose power. They’ really need to fix this situation. Although we are planning to sell this house. Good luck to the new owners.

    Comment by A — 7:32 am December 31, 2013 #

  602. I lucked out. Relative was leaving town, and still had power, They dropped off bag of ice, and I loaded fridge contents into cooler. Took softened ice creams over to friend that had power.
    Didn’t have to open big freezer that had ice bags in it. Meats and veggies and fruits still frozen solid when power came back on.

    Comment by gina — 8:48 am December 31, 2013 #

  603. Anyone else facing a huge furnace bill thanks to the power outage crashing the circuit work! Our furnace is only seven years old and that lil twig did more damage than I care to cover out of pocket!

    Comment by llleee3 — 10:48 am December 31, 2013 #

  604. llleee3- didn’t you read all the comments above? no complaining allowed. first world problems.

    Comment by a stick, just a stick — 12:29 pm December 31, 2013 #

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