West Seattle weather: Saturday p.m. storm updates

January 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 10 Comments


(ADDED: Top photo from south of Alki Point today, courtesy Jeff Abel Photography)

2:34 PM: Another round of strong wind is moving through, in the company of sideways rain. Earlier, the precip even fell for a while as hail, and the proof is in the photo from Christa and Jenny Hickcox, who observed, “Glad we are watching the game from home today!” There are still some who aren’t able to – after this morning’s big outage affecting about 9,000 homes and businesses in several areas of West Seattle, Seattle City Light now says it still has about 250 homes/businesses without power in more than 30 areas around its system. We know some of them are in Seaview, near Juneau west of California SW. One outage area from earlier has lingering environmental concerns:

If you missed it in our morning coverage – not that you’re likely to be hitting the beach until this calms down, but Lowman Beach is posted as “closed” after a sewage overflow during this morning’s outage. King County Wastewater Treatment sent portable generators to the Murray Pump Station there as well as to Barton in Fauntleroy to get them both back in operation. Upgraded backup-power systems are in the works for both sites.

2:56 PM: At least one vehicle in West Seattle did not fare so well:

4:03 PM: Turns out that’s the first downed tree shown in our morning coverage, on 40th SW in Morgan Junction. Here’s a closer look at the vintage car totaled by the tree:

Now that the tree’s been cut up and cleared, the road is open again. Meantime, the National Weather Service thinks the wind might last a little longer – it’s extended the wind advisory to 1 am.

5:28 PM: Congratulations to the Seahawks and fans! One note – we heard from several people worried about explosions they were hearing. As Laura pointed out on Facebook, fireworks have become a post-win tradition for many, and that’s what the explosions were. Meantime, pockets of powerlessness remain, and City Light says it’s still working on dozens of small outages:

Sunday is likely to see lots of yard cleanup – weather permitting – with debris like what’s seen in the photo Luckie shared:

EARLY SUNDAY MORNING: Everybody in West Seattle SHOULD have power now, according to City Light’s map.


  1. Up to 4.5 hours now with nob

    Comment by A — 4:41 pm January 11, 2014 #

  2. Oops – 4.5 hrs with no power now. And restoration estimate. Second time in less than 2 weeks. We have lost power SO many times in the 5 yrs we’ve lived here. 44th and Juneau

    Comment by A — 5:06 pm January 11, 2014 #

  3. There’s been a conversation about this particular outage on Twitter. City Light says it’s got 250 people out in about 30 separate outages including that pocket … https://twitter.com/macjustice/status/422164719403687936

    Comment by WSB — 5:28 pm January 11, 2014 #

  4. Restoration time estimate now 11:30pm. Its frustrating as I can’t help but feel our issues are because we’re on this antiquated system Seattle city light has been promising to update for years.

    Comment by Collern — 6:19 pm January 11, 2014 #

  5. Hey Colleen, just called and now they say 11:52. This is crazy!! Are you in the condos on CA? The townhomes have power this time. I am really really unhappy with this.

    Comment by A — 7:17 pm January 11, 2014 #

  6. Uhhh, that car isnt totaled , that will buff out.

    Comment by smokeycretin9 — 9:06 pm January 11, 2014 #

  7. Uh-huh. That was the word police used; have heard of insurers calling “totaled” for a lot less.

    Comment by WSB — 9:08 pm January 11, 2014 #

  8. They are working in the alley but still no power. It has been 9 hours now. Seriously, how could this continually happen?!

    Comment by A — 9:08 pm January 11, 2014 #

  9. Todo, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore…

    Comment by Joe — 12:07 am January 12, 2014 #

  10. I hope people are re-planting trees after these beautiful mature ones come down.

    Comment by brad — 12:09 am January 12, 2014 #

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