WEST SEATTLE POWER OUTAGE UPDATE: Pole fall blamed for cutting electricity to 81 customers

2:42 PM: Thanks to CJ for the tip – 81 homes/businesses are out of power in the Morgan Junction/west Gatewood area, as shown on the Seattle City Light map. No word yet on cause or estimated restoration time.

3:43 PM: The restoration estimate – keep in mind, this is not scientific, and it could come back much sooner or much later – is 7:28 pm. We’re told the problem involves a utility pole (City Light lists it as “equipment failure”) and have a crew in the area working to find out more. West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) tells us they’re not affected. But just to the south, the Shell station is – its pumps are currently taped off – as are the neighboring business New Teriyaki & Wok and Domino’s. McDonald’s has power, as do the businesses on the west side of California.

7:27 PM Three-fourths of those affected are reconnected – 21 still out.

12:51 AM: And those 21 are still out, with restoration now estimated around 4 am. Via comments and e-mail, we’ve learned more about what happened. The next two photos are from David Newell:

Another neighbor told us that City Light crews explained that the outage was “related to a rotten power pole that broke off while a Comcast crew was pulling new lines. The pole came crashing down in the alley and across the patio areas of the condos behind the strip mall housing Domino’s and the mini mart. So lucky no one was injured. The electrical hookup for one the condo buildings was severely damaged.” We’ll be following up with City Light later this morning.

7 AM NOTE: The rest of the customers did get their power back in the early-morning hours.

12 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE POWER OUTAGE UPDATE: Pole fall blamed for cutting electricity to 81 customers"

  • Margaret Lynch July 24, 2017 (8:34 pm)

    There are Seattle City Light and hazmat teams working in the alley behind McDonalds on California. Just before the power outage there was an enormous bang in the alley.

    • Alki Resident July 24, 2017 (10:32 pm)

      I jumped when I heard that noise but assumed it was a homemade bottle rocket bomb going off. 

  • david newell July 24, 2017 (8:57 pm)

    the kind of bang only a transformer can make as it drops into what would have been someone’s parking space, crashing thru neighbor’s fenced yards and tossing debris off in the aftermath.  i was in my kitchen just a couple doors down, I heard a scream followed by the loudest most explosive sound outside a movie theater or a bomb going off. it honestly had so much ofrce to the explosion i thought my apartment or one near had just been run into by a vehicle.   this was a pretty heavy event.  i’m just glad no one was hurt cause it could have gone the other way that’s for sure.   i don’t know HOW it happened but i’m sure those city light guys will hear enough about it from their co=workers.  felt kinda bad for them.  the noise of putting a replacement pole up just now was kinda tiresome.  

  • david newell July 24, 2017 (8:58 pm)

    i have images but darn it if i haven’t tried everything to drop them and send them to you….

    • WSB July 24, 2017 (9:03 pm)

      Thanks! You can upload to a comment if that seems easier (we added that feature last year), or even text them to our hotline if they’re in your phone – 206-293-6302 – if e-mail is a problem. Did our main account bounce them? You could try westseattleblog@gmail.com … TR

  • Buckley July 24, 2017 (9:25 pm)

    Termites for the best of a utility pole

  • CJ July 24, 2017 (9:48 pm)

    I spoke with a City Light lineman who said the incident started with a Comcast crew pulling new lines along the alley. The pole that collapsed was rotten and snapped from the tension created when Comcast started pulling new cable. When the pole broke it ripped the electrical lines with it and tore out the  connection to the condos behind Dominos Pizza.

    • Margaret Lynch July 25, 2017 (12:28 am)

      That’s why comcast internet went out along with lights – thanks!

  • Morgan July 24, 2017 (11:54 pm)

    It’s not the only rotten pole. This will happen again, and maybe a fire too, if City and power company don’t come together to replace all the rotten poles.

  • Morgan August 1, 2017 (10:30 pm)

    Power is on.m, but the power cord they haphazardly strung up is many days later now loose again in the alley wrapped haphazard around a fence post. Also looks like they have no plans to replace very aged poles in this vicinity–didn’t make the triage I guess.

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