West Seattle weather: Wind alert continues; early-morning power outage peaks at almost 9,000 customers

January 11, 2014 at 12:43 am | In Utilities, West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 94 Comments

(TOPLINE: Power went out for thousands around 4:30 am; many got it back around 6; California reopened 8:10 am in north Junction after tree/line-down trouble; outage led to overflow at Murray Pump Station on Lowman Beach)

(WSB photo from California/Genesee, taken around 7:40 am just before crews finished fixing tree-downed lines)
WEATHER REPORT, 12:43 AM: Second straight windy night, and this time there’s an official alert to go with it – the National Weather Service has a wind advisory in effect until midnight Saturday night, with the possibility of gusts up to 45 mph at times. So charge your phone and anything else battery-powered, just in case.

FIRST OUTAGE REPORT, 4:40 AM: As commenters are noting, some have just lost power. If that includes you, please call City Light to be sure they know. So far, we have heard from people in Morgan Junction, Fauntleroy, Gatewood, Arbor Heights, Marine View Drive, The Arroyos, Vashon Island; here on the Gatewood/Upper Fauntleroy line, we’re OK.

4:47 AM: At least 4,750 out in West Seattle, according to one Arbor Heights resident who has already called SCL. Via Twitter, the utility says at least 28,000 are out systemwide, but that’s without West Seattle on their map yet.

4:58 AM: Fire crews are at the California/Frontenac transformer fire mentioned in comments, according to the 911 log. A commenter in the White Center area mentions power’s out where he is, too. Police are closing California between Dakota and Oregon north of The Junction (map) – apparently, per radio communications, a tree has taken down wires and a power pole.

5:10 AM: While the outage isn’t on City Light’s map, an update on their website does mention two separate outages totaling almost 9,000 customers (one home/business/school/etc. = one customer) in West Seattle and points south, as well as others elsewhere.

5:35 AM: Another tree reported down – 40th blocked, says e-mail, between Morgan and Fauntleroy (map), east Morgan Junction area. Thanks to the tipster for sending this photo:

Also, an update on the California SW road closure on the north side of The Junction – it’s reported between Genesee and Oregon.

6:04 AM: Commenters in Arbor Heights, (part of) Fauntleroy, The Arroyos report the power’s back on. Meantime, South Delridge seems to have joined the outage.

6:34 AM: Two hours since the outage began. Just got word from the King County Wastewater Treatment District that its pump stations both lost power and have mobile generators – noisy, they warn (if you can hear them over the roar of the wind!):

(WSB photo of portable generator, county van @ Murray [Lowman Beach], added 8:05 am)

A strong storm overnight may have caused power outages at King County’s Barton and Murray pump stations in West Seattle.

Crews responded early Saturday morning with mobile generators to restore power at the stations, which pump wastewater to the West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Employees will investigate whether the power outages led to wastewater overflows into Puget Sound.

If overflows occurred, King County will post public warning signs on the beaches, notify health and regulatory agencies, and sample water quality over the next several days.

7 AM: If you’re just waking up – some are still out of power; the City Light map has never fully reflected the WS outage in the past few hours, so don’t use it as a judge of where it’s out and where it’s not. If you wake up and find your power is out, DO call City Light to make sure they know – 206-684-7400. (added a few minutes later) You might also wake up to find trees/branches down. Just got word of another one:

Lisa says that’s the “top of a massive tree down in alley between 45th and 46th and Hill and Walker.” (map)

8:05 AM: Just back from a quick trip down California SW to The Junction. Everybody appears to have power – so your favorite coffee shop(s) are OK for your early-morning visits. The tree that came down between Oregon and Genesee was being sawed up; that section of road was still closed – let us know if you see it reopen; we’ll go back to check later, too. Also saw a City Light crew by the Solstice Park tennis courts in Fauntleroy.

8:15 AM: Per scanner, California is now reopening at the aforementioned spot. Wherever you are, go out and check for branches – we saw more than a few on some neighborhood roads during our recent jaunt.

8:57 AM: In south Morgan Junction, some lost power again. At least one business is affected – The Little Gym at California/Myrtle just reported via Facebook that it is without power. (Added: We just went down the hill to check, and the rest of that block, including Caffe Ladro, has power. Outages can be inconsistent that way!)

9:13 AM: Commenters in that general area and to the west say they’ve just been re-connected.

9:45 AM: King County says both Murray and Barton Pump Stations have their power back now, but they’ve confirmed there WAS an overflow at Murray – no details yet on how long/how much – so the beach will be posted as closed. Signs are also going up at Barton (north of Fauntleroy ferry dock) just in case.

2:02 PM: As chronicled in comments, some have since lost power – either again, or for the first time. City Light says it has only 250 people without power around its system, so if that includes you, please call to be sure they know – 206-684-7400.


  1. Wow, wind/gusts have really intensified here on the north end of Vashon Island! I’m amazed I still have power!

    Comment by Maggie — 4:12 am January 11, 2014 #

  2. HA! Seconds later, the power goes out.

    Comment by Maggie — 4:14 am January 11, 2014 #

  3. 4:26 Really coming on now…sounds worse than 40 mph out there.

    Comment by BB — 4:27 am January 11, 2014 #

  4. Power transformer just blew twice (California and Frontenac). No power here :-(

    Comment by Lindsey — 4:36 am January 11, 2014 #

  5. Just lost power on the 6900 block of California…

    Comment by Randall S — 4:36 am January 11, 2014 #

  6. No power in gatewood.

    Comment by Gatewood mom — 4:38 am January 11, 2014 #

  7. Just woke up at 4:24am to the sound of my iPhone making the “I just got plugged in to charger” sound, and the clocks flashing. So the power came back on at around 4:24am, but I don’t know for how long it was out. We’re on 50th and SW Stevens St.

    Comment by Laura — 4:39 am January 11, 2014 #

  8. Just saw two large electrical explosions on what appeared to be on orchard steet just up from California

    Comment by c christensen — 4:40 am January 11, 2014 #

  9. Power is out in Arbor Heights as of about 5 minutes ago.

    Comment by K Mark — 4:40 am January 11, 2014 #

  10. Power out in Fauntleroy by ferry terminal.

    Comment by aed — 4:43 am January 11, 2014 #

  11. Forest CT in Fauntleroy is dark also. SCL says 4750 without power. Repair by 8:30 AM. BETTER BE BY 1:30. Go Hawks !!!

    Comment by Dave — 4:45 am January 11, 2014 #

  12. Power out in Arbor Heights as well

    Comment by Susan D — 4:47 am January 11, 2014 #

  13. They also have outages in North Seattle so the numbers are going to be weird for a while – West Seattle isn’t even on the map yet http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/

    Comment by WSB — 4:48 am January 11, 2014 #

  14. 4500 people affected with estimated restoration time of 8:30 am

    Comment by Gatewood mom — 4:48 am January 11, 2014 #

  15. Dang. We got up because the wind was so strong, and there were strange lights outside (we assume from the electrical explosions reported by c christensen) but now that we’ve gotten up an hour early, the wind has pretty much died down. I have to agree with BB – sounded like WAY more than 40mph there for a bit.

    Comment by Matt & Carlos — 4:52 am January 11, 2014 #

  16. No power in White Center on 26th Ave SW south of Roxbury.

    Comment by RickB — 4:56 am January 11, 2014 #

  17. On 39th and Othello we still have power hope it doesn’t go out. No way it will be on before the game if it does go out especially not with 34,000 other people without power.

    Comment by c christensen — 4:56 am January 11, 2014 #

  18. Woke up at 4:20 to let the dog out and saw a large flash a little SW of Andover & 45th as the power went out for about 30 seconds

    Comment by David — 5:02 am January 11, 2014 #

  19. Thank you, RickB – first WC report we’ve heard.

    Comment by WSB — 5:03 am January 11, 2014 #

  20. Power out 3900 blk of Kenyon. Looks like other side of the street has it

    Comment by SLB — 5:03 am January 11, 2014 #

  21. No Comcast cable internet connection but we do have power in 6700 block of 42nd SW

    Comment by CJ — 5:04 am January 11, 2014 #

  22. Out house is West up the dead end neighborhood of Myrtle Street off of California, just past Cafe Lago-Gatewood Technically. Property is one of the farthest points elevated on a hill. Very tall trees all around us are swaying and shaking like crazy. Making me nervous. At 4:36am we heard two strange loud booms, followed by my phone buzzing with some sort of “charging” or power on status. Good to know what those sounds were. It literally scared us right out of bed. We jumped straight up and checked all around the house for what the heck that was-while naked. Now are power is out. The wind is howling so loud I cannot sleep. Super scared.

    Comment by Scaredy Cat Manor — 5:08 am January 11, 2014 #

  23. As mentioned power out from at least ferry term. All the way up Fauntleroy to Morgan Jnctn. Looks spotty down on Beach Dr. Going north past the park for a bit. The Hills above Faunt. seem to be hit or miss.

    Comment by Tom — 5:10 am January 11, 2014 #

  24. Seems as though the gusts have calmed way down for now…

    Comment by c christensen — 5:14 am January 11, 2014 #

  25. Power out on Beach Dr north of Lowman as of several minutes ago.

    Comment by Out for wAlk — 5:16 am January 11, 2014 #

  26. C Christensen – yup, that was the cold front passing by in the 0400 hour!

    Comment by Maggie — 5:18 am January 11, 2014 #

  27. Thank you all for the updates. And to those who texted us almost immediately – always the sure bet for breaking news if we’re not already covering it – 206-293-6302. Calmer here right now, which is good news for repair crews, who already have plenty of ground to cover north to south.

    Comment by WSB — 5:24 am January 11, 2014 #

  28. Power out at Morgan Junction (44th and Fauntleroy)

    Comment by Jolly — 5:25 am January 11, 2014 #

  29. Woke up to a large blue flash at around 0430. Too noisy to sleep with all the gusts. Power still on at 45th and Erskine. Cat not happy.

    Comment by Bill — 5:39 am January 11, 2014 #

  30. Saw the tree down in CA and Frontenac. Mid block. Cops blocking both ends of that block on CA. No SCL crews working tho. At least that I could see?

    Comment by Tom — 5:45 am January 11, 2014 #

  31. Just lost power about 10 mins ago on south Delridge.

    Comment by Andi — 5:53 am January 11, 2014 #

  32. Tom – midblock on Frontenac or California? I think SCL had to start north where people lost power first. Don’t think they have yet gotten to the scene police are guarding with tree down/wires across Calif in The Junction either.

    Comment by WSB — 5:55 am January 11, 2014 #

  33. Power just came back on in Arbor Heights.

    Comment by Wes C. Addle — 6:01 am January 11, 2014 #

  34. Power back on in Arroyos

    Comment by Susan R — 6:02 am January 11, 2014 #

  35. Power just came back on in arbor heights!!! Yay.

    Comment by CW — 6:03 am January 11, 2014 #

  36. Back on in Arbor Heights

    Comment by K Mark — 6:04 am January 11, 2014 #

  37. Yeah, I actually meant the CA block between Oregon and Genesee that was already reported. Sorry.
    Power back on at 6am down by the ferry.

    Comment by Tom — 6:05 am January 11, 2014 #

  38. Glad to hear it!

    Comment by WSB — 6:08 am January 11, 2014 #

  39. Power still out between fauntleroy and 45th on sw othello. :(

    Comment by wsbob — 6:15 am January 11, 2014 #

  40. Power out in Richmond beach area/Edmonds since 5.30. Woke up to a crying baby. Go Hawks!

    Comment by T-man — 6:41 am January 11, 2014 #

  41. Power came back for a moment in the Morgan junction but is back out again.

    Comment by Jolly — 7:05 am January 11, 2014 #

  42. Power just came on for five seconds at Parshall and Frontenac, then huge boom and flash on California. Transformer blew? Looks like there are no lights to the west. Can no longer see Manchester. Rain?

    Comment by Elma — 7:06 am January 11, 2014 #

  43. Power is out again in Arbor Heights!!

    Comment by Cindy — 7:08 am January 11, 2014 #

  44. There are lights at Manchester. It was the rain.

    Comment by Elma — 7:14 am January 11, 2014 #

  45. Power came on for 15 seconds at 45th and sw othello then back off. What a tease.

    Comment by wsbob — 7:15 am January 11, 2014 #

  46. Power still out in Gatewood around Cali & Myrtle. Heard another powerfully loud boom/zap about 25 mins ago.

    Comment by CEA — 7:30 am January 11, 2014 #

  47. CiTy light truck at Parshall and Frontenac working on transformer. Arrived a few min. Ago. We may have power soon.

    Comment by Elma — 7:33 am January 11, 2014 #

  48. Still waiting for power on Fauntleroy and Othello. Been out since 4:45!

    Comment by Doug T. — 7:35 am January 11, 2014 #

  49. Power is still out on Murray near Lowman Beach.

    Comment by Misty — 7:53 am January 11, 2014 #

  50. Hopes for power dashed. SCL crew trimmed some branches and left. No power.

    Comment by Elma — 7:55 am January 11, 2014 #

  51. Power out again just now: Brace Point Dreive and 44th.

    Comment by Neighbor — 7:57 am January 11, 2014 #

  52. Just lost power for the third time tonight in Fauntlee Hills.

    Comment by WSFaunt — 7:57 am January 11, 2014 #

  53. Power’s still out here at the north end of Lincoln Park.

    Comment by Trileigh — 7:58 am January 11, 2014 #

  54. Power out again in Fauntleroy area

    Comment by Chris Porter — 7:59 am January 11, 2014 #

  55. Now power back on.

    Comment by Chris Porter — 8:00 am January 11, 2014 #

  56. And back on again…

    Comment by WSFaunt — 8:00 am January 11, 2014 #

  57. Out on 47th and Hinds

    Comment by Ahna — 8:00 am January 11, 2014 #

  58. Power still out on Beach Dr south of Lowman park. I can hear the power generator running at the pump station.

    Comment by T-Dog — 8:02 am January 11, 2014 #

  59. We were lucky – Admiral and SW Lander by 53rd intersection – we woke up when the alarm clock started flashing 12:00 but realized that we only lost power for a moment. This was around 4:30 AM (or so). So nothing except the clock will need to be adjusted. Very noisy night for the second in a row.

    Comment by mrsB — 8:03 am January 11, 2014 #

  60. Yay! Power near Lowman Beach is back on!

    Comment by Misty — 8:06 am January 11, 2014 #

  61. Don’t that beat all, the power just came back on south of Lowman park.

    Comment by T-Dog — 8:08 am January 11, 2014 #

  62. Power off and on three times now in what wsblog cheerfully calls “Upper Fauntleroy.” Odd thing is we’re the house NEXT to the corner house… They have power, the rest of the block keeps losing it.

    Comment by Mike flynn — 8:11 am January 11, 2014 #

  63. Power back on, again. Brace Pont Drive and 44th :-)

    Comment by Neighbor — 8:13 am January 11, 2014 #

  64. We are in Fauntlee Hills but didn’t lose power at all.

    Comment by Bonnie — 8:17 am January 11, 2014 #

  65. Arbor Heights: 4:30 outage as reported here, and had two short term outages later this morning, ~ 7:10 and ~ 7:55. Hope the power is stable by 1:30. Go Seahawks!

    Comment by Gypsy-Danger — 8:18 am January 11, 2014 #

  66. Power went out at Sandpoint near Windermere at about 3:20am after a bright flash. It came back on for a second then another brighter flash and it was out again. So far it has not come back on.

    Comment by Cheri — 8:21 am January 11, 2014 #

  67. Power still out at Fauntleroy and Othello, next to tennis courts — I’m hoping the crew you seen will have our power back on soon!! Thanks for all the updates WSB!

    Comment by Stephanie — 8:45 am January 11, 2014 #

  68. Power’s still out here on 6700 block of California in Gatewood.

    Comment by Yosemite — 8:51 am January 11, 2014 #

  69. Still out at California and Holly.

    Comment by powrider — 8:52 am January 11, 2014 #

  70. Transformer exploded here at 22nd and Barton around 5 AM. Hence power is out. I called SCL and was glad to see them arrive around 7:15. Two trucks are working on it.

    Comment by Westwood Center — 8:53 am January 11, 2014 #

  71. Seattle City Light here in alley at 48th and Hind repairing damaged pole. Hopefully we will have power soon!

    Comment by Sara — 8:56 am January 11, 2014 #

  72. Hope everyone’s power comes back quickly. Unlike ours that was out for 12 hours with no wind recently!

    Comment by A — 8:59 am January 11, 2014 #

  73. 9:07. Just came back up at Mills and California. Thank you SCL!

    Comment by IXOBPP — 9:08 am January 11, 2014 #

  74. Powered back up here at North Lincoln Park! Thank you, SCL!

    Comment by Trileigh — 9:09 am January 11, 2014 #

  75. Power! At last at parshall and frontenac. T
    hanks SCL!

    Comment by Elma — 9:10 am January 11, 2014 #

  76. Called City Light to report my in-laws power outage in Gatewood. Received an auto callback when it was restored. Excellent communication plan Seattle City Light!!

    Comment by sc — 9:19 am January 11, 2014 #

  77. Out again in AH. I think this is the 5th or 6th time.

    Comment by WS born&bred — 9:41 am January 11, 2014 #

  78. Power off again…4th time…by AHE.

    Comment by steve — 9:46 am January 11, 2014 #

  79. Oh no!

    Comment by WSB — 9:46 am January 11, 2014 #

  80. Also by arbor heights elementary. Heard a bang right before the lights went out again. Not a pop like a transformer, so I imagine a branch fell over some lines.

    Comment by rob — 9:53 am January 11, 2014 #

  81. Power just came back on here on the north end of Vashon Island! Sounds like we still have a breezy day w/ showers and possible thunderstorms on tap. Thanks to PSE crews for working to get us back online this morning!

    Comment by Maggie — 9:55 am January 11, 2014 #

  82. Power off in Arbor Heights. 10 AM.

    Comment by Arbor Heights — 9:57 am January 11, 2014 #

  83. Power still off at Kenyon and 41st in Gatewood. Only 6 or 7 houses, but… There’s Seahawks to watch.

    Comment by Tony — 11:19 am January 11, 2014 #

  84. who’s up for building an ark? I’m in Admiral, near Safeway…had power all night long…one of the lucky ones. Yeah, it’s an inconvenience when it happens. I keep thinking how inconvenienced those workers are at 5am in the wind and rain. What a great job they do. If they’re out near you, take ‘em a cup of coffee :)

    Comment by JanS — 11:57 am January 11, 2014 #

  85. Heavy rain just turned to sleet @42SW and Admiral and the lights are flickering. Becareful out there!!!

    Comment by Nick — 11:59 am January 11, 2014 #

  86. Now it’s hailing, and the lights have flickered twice. Here goes!

    Comment by Trileigh — 12:07 pm January 11, 2014 #

  87. Lights have flickered a couple of times. Now it’s hailing! What a day, love it.

    Comment by Trileigh — 12:11 pm January 11, 2014 #

  88. power out for about last half an hour at calif & jueanu. (everyones favorite outdated section of wiring). estimated time of return is 2:12. i just hope its under the 4 hours and my food stays good.

    Comment by colleen — 12:35 pm January 11, 2014 #

  89. @Tony: There was a SCL truck on Kenyon b/w 39th and 41st (closer to 41st) around 1145AM just before the hail started. They were working in the peak gusts of wind and rain just before the hail started. They took cover in their truck during hail but were back out in minutes working. Pretty awesome to see their hard work.

    Hopefully power is restored now for you and others nearby. Go Hawks!

    Comment by wsn00b — 12:52 pm January 11, 2014 #

  90. This is effing ridiculous!! Second time in 2 weeks with no power. Last time it was 12 hours without. What will it be today? Neighbors all around have power (as usual)….

    Comment by A — 2:01 pm January 11, 2014 #

  91. PS Hi again Colleen. Here we are AGAIN…

    Comment by A — 2:06 pm January 11, 2014 #

  92. Our Comcast internet has been out for a couple hours in Sunrise Heights. Was working earlier for the games we wanted to watch at 7am, thankfully!

    Comment by k — 2:20 pm January 11, 2014 #

  93. hi neighbor A! we meet again. Seattle City Light moved it back to no estimated time for restoring which i am assuming means its time to go grocery shopping again.

    Comment by Colleen — 2:49 pm January 11, 2014 #

  94. This really pisses me off.

    Comment by A — 4:01 pm January 11, 2014 #

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