Update: Another West Seattle power outage affected ~2,000 after tree fell into Highland Park Way wires

March 6, 2014 at 1:34 pm | In Utilities, West Seattle news | 16 Comments

(Looks like the early-morning outage map, but this is the NEW one)
1:34 PM: It feels like déja vu to those who were up for the two-hour power outage in the middle of the night – because the footprint is just about the same. About 2,000 homes and businesses are without power right now, according to the City Light map.

(ADDED: Highland Park Way closure; photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
1:53 PM UPDATE: From City Light:

A large tree fell into wires near Highland Park Way SW and SW Othello Street. It broke several of the tie wires that keep the power lines attached to the insulators on the poles.

Crews are working to reroute power around the damage. This will bring about 75 percent of the affected customers back into service in the next 60-90 minutes.

Crews will then remove the tree and re-hang the wires in order to restore service to the remaining customers. We estimate being able to get that done about 5 p.m.

2:20 PM: One commenter reports power coming back. A few hundred customers have dropped off the City Light map.

2:39 PM UPDATE: We’ve added a photo from HP Way, which is indeed closed; Metro is sending messages about reroutes, including Route 131.

5:21 PM UPDATE: Back open, per Datamuse, in comments.


  1. highland park way closed due to tree across roadway and roxbury heading towards olson has numerous traffic lights out!! traffic sucks over here right now!!

    Comment by Vanilla Gorilla — 1:49 pm March 6, 2014 #

  2. Power is out at White Center Heights Elementary and Greenbridge

    Comment by D.J. — 1:52 pm March 6, 2014 #

  3. Thanks for the alerts and information! Love the WSB!

    Comment by Jim — 1:59 pm March 6, 2014 #

  4. Power restored at Highland Park/Marginal Way.

    Comment by Marginal — 2:06 pm March 6, 2014 #

  5. Thanks, Marg!

    Comment by WSB — 2:17 pm March 6, 2014 #

  6. And thanks, DJ. I have been crossposting to the other sites. Don’t know if it’s a moot point in WC now, though!

    Comment by WSB — 2:19 pm March 6, 2014 #

  7. is power out at sanislo I can’t get through to their phones

    Comment by Lisa Keith — 2:36 pm March 6, 2014 #

  8. Lisa – if you follow the link to the City Light map and zoom way in, it should show you … that’s about the only way I can tell of knowing.

    Comment by WSB — 2:46 pm March 6, 2014 #

  9. Still out at 17th & Myrtle

    Comment by G — 3:01 pm March 6, 2014 #

  10. Power still out at our house on SW Orchard and 16th Ave SW. It’s been about 2+ hrs now.

    Comment by neighbor — 3:25 pm March 6, 2014 #

  11. I just got home to Highland Park to find the clocks blinking. Looks like it’s been back on for about 25 minutes.

    Comment by datamuse — 4:11 pm March 6, 2014 #

  12. Still out at 14th and Myrtle

    Comment by Kathy Ulrich — 4:27 pm March 6, 2014 #

  13. Back on at 14th and myrtle!

    Comment by Kathy Ulrich — 5:05 pm March 6, 2014 #

  14. Husband just got home and says HP Way is open.

    Comment by datamuse — 5:16 pm March 6, 2014 #

  15. Back on! Until the next tree, at least. :)

    12th and Myrtle

    Comment by 1000amys — 5:18 pm March 6, 2014 #

  16. Thank you – we haven’t been able to go over to look.

    Comment by WSB — 5:19 pm March 6, 2014 #

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