UPDATE: Power outage, road closure after driver hits pole in north West Seattle

(UPDATE: Power came back for almost everyone at 2:20, after 3 1/2 hours; Admiral reported open again at 5:50 am)

FIRST REPORT, 10:52 PM: It isn’t on the Seattle City Light map yet but we’re getting multiple reports of a power outage. Some reporting it say they’re near The Junction, some are south of Admiral. We have a photographer checking out a crash on Admiral Way that might have taken out lines.

(WSB photos by Christopher Boffoli)

10:54 PM: WSB’s Christopher Boffoli is at the crash scene on Admiral Way between 49th and Garlough [map] and confirms “City Light just cut the power.”


10:56 PM: The power outage is still NOT on the City Light map. We’re hearing from folks all over Admiral and points south. Southernmost report so far is Fauntleroy/Dawson.

11 PM: Now we’re hearing it’s back, at least for some. City Light finally shows the extent that it at least had – more than 4,400 customers.

Meantime, Christopher says Admiral might be closed for some hours at the crash scene because of the pole’s condition. He also reports, “No injuries. SFD tells me that the driver said he was texting. Also claimed he didn’t have insurance. Car appears to be a large SUV of some kind.”

11:12 PM: Those still without power number 1,500+ homes and businesses, per the City Light map.


11:18 PM: While headed back to his HQ to process images, Christopher tells us, he observed: “Traffic lights out at Admiral and 47th, but on and functioning normally at California and Admiral. And the entire Admiral District retail area seems to have power.” Thanks to Ted for the updated outage map image in comments – here it is if you haven’t seen it there:

SCL says via Twitter that repairs could take “4 to 6 hours.” They had to de-energize the lines because the leaning pole sent wires into tree(s) that started catching fire.

11:35 PM: Commenter asked about food safety in multi-hour outages. Here’s advice from the feds. Meantime, we’re adding a few more images from the crash scene. Also, a request – if you’re up when the power goes back on, please text us – 206-293-6302 – we’re not in the outage zone and the City Light maps don’t show when power is restored, only the time it went out. Thanks!

12:09 AM: No change in the City Light map info. We’ll be checking back periodically.

2:25 AM: Just received two texts from people in North Admiral saying their power’s back on.

5:27 AM: According to SDOT, Admiral Way has not yet reopened. This is affecting bus routes too:

5:52 AM: Metro just sent an alert that the road is open again and buses are back to normal.

89 Replies to "UPDATE: Power outage, road closure after driver hits pole in north West Seattle"

  • Jeffy1091 March 23, 2016 (10:54 pm)

    North Admiral too…

  • Fauntleroy Rob March 23, 2016 (10:55 pm)

    Fauntleroy and Hudson out.

  • George T March 23, 2016 (10:57 pm)

    Yup power out on 35th by Camp Long

  • Karma March 23, 2016 (10:57 pm)

    No power at Charlestown and 47th.

  • Shari March 23, 2016 (10:57 pm)

    It’s out by camp long. We never lose power. Plus what’s weird if the other side of the street is out we can be on but both are out this time. 

  • WSMom March 23, 2016 (10:57 pm)

    Out in North Admiral. Thanks for being so fast WS Blog!

  • Michelle C March 23, 2016 (10:58 pm)

    We are powerless at California & Hudson.

  • Judy March 23, 2016 (10:59 pm)

    Power out California Ave SW and Hudson.

  • Scott March 23, 2016 (10:59 pm)

    My god, blog, you are fast.  You had this story up before I could find my flashlight.

    • WSB March 23, 2016 (11:00 pm)

      Thanks, all. Now we’re hearing it’s back – let us know if yours is NOT …

  • Shari March 23, 2016 (10:59 pm)

    Back on by camp long. 

  • Mary March 23, 2016 (11:00 pm)

    We have no power in Norrh Admiral – California & Massachusetts…

  • Cburk March 23, 2016 (11:00 pm)

    Back on. Thanks for the news flash though. 

  • LT March 23, 2016 (11:00 pm)

    Ours is back on!

  • Carrie March 23, 2016 (11:00 pm)

    Thanks for being so quick, WSB! 

  • SJD March 23, 2016 (11:01 pm)

    Out at Waite/51st

  • Michelle C March 23, 2016 (11:01 pm)

    Power is back. Thanks WSB!

  • Melissa March 23, 2016 (11:01 pm)

    Power out on Palm SW and SW


  • Near Camp Long March 23, 2016 (11:01 pm)

    Power’s back on here!

  • Riley March 23, 2016 (11:01 pm)

    Back on in junction area

  • Kate March 23, 2016 (11:01 pm)

    Was out on our street, 46th and Erskine, back on as of a minute or two ago. Also, we were apparently on the border. Neighbors south had power, but not to the north. 

  • Ktrapp March 23, 2016 (11:01 pm)

    Wow, pretty impressive outage range.  I’m on Waite, West of Admiral, without power.  I can see lights to the South, past Schmitz Park though.

  • Drshort March 23, 2016 (11:01 pm)

    Out at Hamilton Viewpoint

  • Joseph March 23, 2016 (11:01 pm)

    Not back in North Admiral

  • Junctionite March 23, 2016 (11:02 pm)

    Power back on near 42nd & Hudson.

  • LAintheJunction March 23, 2016 (11:02 pm)

    Back on in the Junction!

  • JW March 23, 2016 (11:02 pm)

    Ours is still out at 50th & Admiral

  • Mary March 23, 2016 (11:03 pm)

    Still no power in north Admiral. And yes WSB, what would we do without you???  Be sitting in the dark with less info!  Thanks for all you do!

  • Mary March 23, 2016 (11:03 pm)

    45th and Hill still out

  • MercyMoi March 23, 2016 (11:03 pm)

    Love that we could get immediate answers from our local news source!

    Alaska Junction, powered again.

  • Talos March 23, 2016 (11:03 pm)

    Police & utility truck blockade at 48th & Admiral. Emergency vehicles had been responding for 20-30 min before power was cut.

  • Lucy March 23, 2016 (11:03 pm)

    Ours is still out 46th and Admiral, but across the street is on.

  • Sage K. March 23, 2016 (11:03 pm)

    Not sure if it’s related, but my CenturyLink Internet has gone out. (Delridge) 

  • Ted March 23, 2016 (11:04 pm)

     Does no good to call city light they say they’re not open but I am noticing the power outage map is up now 4483 people affected http://www.seattle.gov/light/mobile/outagemap.asp

  • Joseph March 23, 2016 (11:04 pm)

    On 46th & Holgate. No lights visible in any direction.

  • Mr. Slack March 23, 2016 (11:04 pm)

    Power back on 46th and Hudson!

  • Dan S March 23, 2016 (11:04 pm)

    Power still out around 51st & College at 11:04 PM.

  • KJ March 23, 2016 (11:05 pm)

    Thank you for sharing what’s up so fast, WSB!

  • Ted March 23, 2016 (11:06 pm)

     Junction area power back on North  admiral to the west of 44th Ave. still out see map http://www.seattle.gov/light/mobile/outagemap.asp

  • Inthedark March 23, 2016 (11:06 pm)

    Our power’s still out in Admiral Neighborhood, 46th and Walker.

  • Brian March 23, 2016 (11:07 pm)

    No power yet at 50th and Grayson

  • fluffylongshanks March 23, 2016 (11:07 pm)

    Still out near Hamilton viewpoint, blocks around are dark.

  • Connie March 23, 2016 (11:08 pm)

    Still out at 46th and Admiral

  • Ted March 23, 2016 (11:08 pm)

  • Sharon March 23, 2016 (11:08 pm)

    Still out at 47th & Hill.

  • oksana March 23, 2016 (11:08 pm)

    Were still out..soon as turn my lamp the power went out at same time so it was scary.

  • Abc123 March 23, 2016 (11:09 pm)

    We are out at 46th and Hill. Thanks for being so on top of it!  You guys are fantastic

  • Allison March 23, 2016 (11:10 pm)

    Admiral 45th – still out. Where was the accident? 

  • Greg March 23, 2016 (11:11 pm)

    We’re still out at 50th & Grayson. 

  • Mike March 23, 2016 (11:11 pm)

    That’s an 80 series Land Cruiser, yikes.  What happened to cause that?

  • Carol March 23, 2016 (11:12 pm)

    Power still out in North Admiral at 44th and Massachusetts. 

  • cj March 23, 2016 (11:12 pm)

    Back o 48th and alaska

  • Laura Newell March 23, 2016 (11:12 pm)

    Everybody’s power got knocked out because some dude was drive texting? Not cool, dude. 

  • Brian R. March 23, 2016 (11:13 pm)

    SCL website estimates restoration 4:02 am.  Ugh!

    • WSB March 23, 2016 (11:14 pm)

      Please remember that the “restoration estimates” are JUST guesstimates. Last windstorm, it was on sooner. Sometimes, it’s later.

  • Thei March 23, 2016 (11:17 pm)

    Power back at Dawson. Thanks WSB – you are the fastest and the best!

  • Alki Resident March 23, 2016 (11:19 pm)

    Texting and no insurance. He couldve killed somebody.

    Selfish b××××××

  • Wiley March 23, 2016 (11:20 pm)

    44Th Ave sw and Seattle still out.

    • WSB March 23, 2016 (11:23 pm)

      City Light via Twitter is estimating four to six hours for repairs. They had to “de-energize” the lines at the crash scene because wires went into a tree and it started to catch fire, per SCL.

  • Lonnie March 23, 2016 (11:27 pm)

    Power back on 48th & Dawson

  • Scott March 23, 2016 (11:29 pm)

    So how long is food, like milk, safe in a lengthy outage like this might be?

  • north admiral March 23, 2016 (11:30 pm)

    Still out on SW Pritchard st. West seattle

  • WS Mom March 23, 2016 (11:37 pm)

    Still out 51st and Olga. City of Seattle outage report line indicated it may be 4:30am before all power is restored.

    • Brenda March 23, 2016 (11:49 pm)

      Yikes!  That’s almost throw everything in your fridge out time!

  • Guy March 23, 2016 (11:47 pm)

    The power is on at my place if anyone gets cold or needs to take a shower…

    • SomeGuy March 23, 2016 (11:51 pm)

      Love West Seattle.

  • cjboffoli March 23, 2016 (11:48 pm)

    Scott:  The rule in my household is that in the event of a power outage all ice cream must immediately be removed from the freezer and consumed in its entirety.  

  • SomeGuy March 23, 2016 (11:49 pm)

    What a clown. Any attorneys here? Thoughts on civil/small claims court possibilities for anyone who was materially impacted? For example, no power means no customers for local businesses. Or perhaps someone was unable to meet a client deadline and will lose money as a result? I do believe these jokers need to feel some financial pain beyond just a ticket. Will they get billed for the cost to replace the pole, the utility workers who have to come fix it, police overtime, etc?

  • Me March 23, 2016 (11:57 pm)

    The power is still out at admiral and 45th, but looks like all the business have power! 

  • Teresa Rodriguez March 24, 2016 (12:13 am)

    Power still out at 46th & SW Hill. 

  • Amy March 24, 2016 (12:49 am)

    Still out 44th and Massachusetts 12:48 PM

  • Donna March 24, 2016 (1:06 am)

    I hope the dude gets charged with reckless driving! He should have to run on a treadmill or some such thing to generate electricity to the tune of how much was lost. Don’t text and drive! It’s dangerous!! Apparently this guy thinks he’s above the law.

  • JanS March 24, 2016 (2:03 am)

    huh…on 42nd just east of Safeway…lights never even blinked..

  • JD March 24, 2016 (2:28 am)

    2:20am power back on at 51st & Waite

  • Electrical customer March 24, 2016 (2:28 am)

    Power back on at 2:20. Near the accident site.

  • Gina March 24, 2016 (2:28 am)

    Power just came on, 45th and Lander.

    • WSB March 24, 2016 (2:30 am)

      Thanks! We’ve had some texts, too, that it just came on ~2:20. Map shows 20 still out (it had been 1,530 for the past three hours, down from the initial 4,400+). – TR

  • Donna March 24, 2016 (2:39 am)

    Power back on at Palm and Massachusetts.

  • newnative March 24, 2016 (5:53 am)

    Just got a text that affected bus routes are now restored.

    • WSB March 24, 2016 (5:55 am)

      Yes, I got that and just updated too. Saves us the cross-peninsula drive to check, though we’ll go look anyway a bit later. Thank you. – TR

  • LyndaB March 24, 2016 (6:18 am)

    It really irks me that the driver was texting.   Not cool, man.  

  • Rachael March 24, 2016 (7:08 am)

    Power came on in north Admiral around 2am. 

  • onion March 24, 2016 (8:23 am)

    This person definitely deserves a Bozo Twit Award. 

    The irony for me was that I was about to turn off my nightstand lamp and go to sleep when the lamp went out on its own. I knew instantly that it was an outage because it was darker than normal throughout the neighborhood.  No storm or earth rumbler, so I figured a Bozo Twit driver might be the culprit.

  • Joan March 24, 2016 (8:31 am)

    Texting?? He should lose his license, be prosecuted for driving without insurance, and pay somehow for causing the outage. I hope the car was totaled too. No insurance? He just had an expensive loss too!

    • Kathy March 24, 2016 (9:42 am)

      Driver should be required to depend on public transportation for a year. That should keep them out of our neighborhood because bus service has deteriorated so much in Alki and the rest of northern West Seattle since 2012. Our formerly all day 1 seat ride to Uptown/Lower Queen Anne/Ballard became a 2 seat ride off peak and weekends and on Saturday it will change to a 3  seat ride including the “Rapid” Ride that still does not have signal priority or a dedicated lane all the way to downtown.  Sorry, I just had to grind that axe…….

  • sam-c March 24, 2016 (9:01 am)

    Please tell me there’s some way to make this moron pay for the City Light crew’s time to repair the giant mess he made…..

    • Ben March 24, 2016 (9:24 am)

      I agree. There was a guy who crashed into a light pole a few years ago at the bottom of Charlestown hill. Middle of the night, drunk, high speed, etc .. These incidents affect hundreds or thousands of people.

  • Joe March 24, 2016 (9:11 am)

    Must have been a heluva crash. A lot of action ’round here.

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