Saw the flash? Heard the boom? Big power outage south of here

2:23 AM: Some West Seattleites saw one or more flashes and heard booms about the time more than 4,300 homes and businesses lost power south of here – parts of White Center, Shorewood, Boulevard Park, also a pocket of the southeastern edge of WS at Olson/Myers. We’re covering it on partner site White Center Now but thought we’d mention it here too, because of the sights and sounds. No official word on the cause yet but Seattle City Light says crews are headed toward its Duwamish Substation.

3:39 PM: Most have been back on for some time but City Light spokesperson Scott Thomsen says about 10 percent of those originally affected remain out – he also updated us on the cause: “A tree fell into wires, which caused a fault current that was big enough that it damaged some of the wire. So crews have been working to replace the damaged wire. There are about 450 customers still out. We estimate having them back in service around 4:15 pm.”

4 Replies to "Saw the flash? Heard the boom? Big power outage south of here"

  • Littlebrowndog November 15, 2015 (5:49 am)

    Driving from near the Alaska Junction to SeaTac around 4 am in really crummy conditions and startled to come across some dark traffic lights when most of the adjacent areas had power. This was in the White Center and Burien area.

  • Gordon November 15, 2015 (8:36 am)

    I heard a loud boom in Admiral neighborhood at 1:43am. Could that be related?

  • unknown November 15, 2015 (8:58 am)

    Our diabetic cat woke us up at 1:33am (hungry) power was on then around 20 mins later neighbors generator woke us up…yawn…then around 3am power was back on.
    We live in the N. Shorewood area.

  • clinker November 15, 2015 (7:23 pm)

    Gordon-
    Yeah I heard that too from Genesee, woke me up!

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