UPDATE: Seattle City Light says Delridge Substation the source of ‘momentary’ – but widespread – West Seattle outage

9:18 PM: From High Point to Delridge to Fairmount Park, we’ve received multiple reports of a power flicker, and some said they heard a “boom.” Haven’t traced the source yet and haven’t heard from anyone experiencing an actual outage. Any other areas affected?

9:24 PM: Commenters indicate other areas were affected. And via other messaging channels, we’ve heard from as far west as Lowman Beach and as far south as Westwood.

9:33 PM: Commenter Aaron called in a report to Seattle City Light and says he was told it was a “blown breaker.” (You might recall two short outages in the span of a week last summer blamed on the Delridge Substation.)

10:44 PM: Just talked to Seattle City Light‘s on-call media person. While the outage was traced to the Delridge Substation, they haven’t yet figured out what caused it, but are continuing to investigate.

29 Replies to "UPDATE: Seattle City Light says Delridge Substation the source of 'momentary' - but widespread - West Seattle outage"

  • DD November 23, 2018 (9:20 pm)

    Had a flicker here in North Admiral on 47th Ave SW too.

  • Mel November 23, 2018 (9:21 pm)

    Flickered over on California/Andover

  • Eileen November 23, 2018 (9:21 pm)

    Power went out briefly in Seaview/Genessee. Its back on. We did not hear anything unusual.

    • Lisa November 23, 2018 (9:41 pm)

      37th and Andover flickered and we heard the boom.

  • Marlene November 23, 2018 (9:21 pm)

    We’re on 35th Ave SW near Spokane St, and our power flickered and our CenturyLink cable went off momentarily.

  • el'jeff November 23, 2018 (9:23 pm)

    35th and Ida

  • Emily November 23, 2018 (9:24 pm)

    Admiral/Belvidere zone. Heard the transformer “ boom” after the power flicker.

  • Michelle November 23, 2018 (9:24 pm)

    North Delridge. Big boom north of us. Lights flickered and CenturyLink internet momentarily stopped. 

  • Sherrie Vigil November 23, 2018 (9:24 pm)

    Same thing up here on 16th by South Seattle College.

  • Aaron November 23, 2018 (9:25 pm)

    Just off Delridge, The power flipped off for a couple seconds, then came back on. Moment later was a BIG boom.I reported to City light, and they said a breaker had blown, but then switched on again. They were still looking for the cause…and the reason for the boom.

    • WSB November 23, 2018 (9:27 pm)

      Thank you.

  • Joan November 23, 2018 (9:27 pm)

    Near Camp Long and High Point, heard the boom too.

  • Jody November 23, 2018 (9:28 pm)

    Not a flicker, power did go completely off and had to reset clocks and internet took about 10 minutes to get back. 

  • Margaret November 23, 2018 (9:30 pm)

    Power flickered here in Highland Park….

  • Bill November 23, 2018 (9:31 pm)

    YUP. 30th and Barton.

  • NorthAdmiralGuuy November 23, 2018 (9:52 pm)

    Lights actually flickered at LA Fitness in the junction too.

  • WSB November 23, 2018 (9:54 pm)

    Just for the record, some wondered if the boom might have been coincidental, maybe a Husky fan celebrating the Apple Cup win the way some do with Seahawks victories. Don’t know the lag time between game’s end and boom, though. No extended outage has appeared on the SCL map and no “wires down” or other telltale calls on the log, so the trail has grown cold for now, unless somebody spots an SCL crew! (Text us any time, 206-293-6302.)

  • Jim November 23, 2018 (9:55 pm)

    Multiple people across Pigeon Hill had the flicker, some heard the boom (we did). The flicker was strong enough to shut all our computers, TV and wifi down.

  • Beckyjo November 23, 2018 (10:00 pm)

    We had a flicker at 51st & Edmunds.

  • Joshua's mom November 23, 2018 (10:06 pm)

    29th & Holden not a flicker power completely out for probably less than a minute, then back on.  

  • Norad resident November 23, 2018 (10:10 pm)

    My computer monitor turned off and on. The lights did not flicker.

  • Sue H November 23, 2018 (10:11 pm)

    Very significant flicker here in the Junction at that time, and it rebooted my cable box. We had a flicker last night too, although not as significant.

  • DC November 23, 2018 (10:46 pm)

    Had a power surge on Delridge near SouthWest Plumbing. Took both my computer monitors offline for a couple seconds before one of them recovered. (the second one went down for the count. RIP). One or two seconds after the power surge, I heard a boom outside. It sounded like it was 2-3 blocks away. Windows were closed, but my best guess is that it was around Delridge/23rd Ave. 

  • Dan Keller November 23, 2018 (10:51 pm)

    Had a real brief flicker Admiral District at California and Hanford.

  • Seattlegov November 23, 2018 (11:06 pm)

    Power was out at Safeway around 9.10pm. They’re back up generators had switched on, but the lights going in the entrance remained off. Made for a dark entry. The half and half also felt slightly warm so we grabbed one from the back.     

    • WSB November 23, 2018 (11:32 pm)

      Which Safeway?

      • Seattlegov November 24, 2018 (8:03 am)

        The North Admiral Safeway on California. 

  • Soon2leave November 24, 2018 (10:43 am)

    41st & Graham we lost satellite for a few mins. Saw a bright flash seconds b4.  My theory..meteor!

  • Kathy McLaughlin November 24, 2018 (1:20 pm)

    50th and Genesee, flicker and modem/internet interuption, but didn’t have to reset any clocks.

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