West Seattle windstorm aftermath: New and continuing outages; cleanup; closures

(Find the City Light “live” outage map here)

8:09 AM: As noted earlier, though the windstorm is long over, new outages have hit this morning, in High Point and toward the east end of the Roxbury corridor. We’ll be covering those in the hours ahead, and checking out windstorm damage/cleanup around the area. Thanks for all the tips and updates in our past 14+ hours of coverage – more to come!

8:24 AM: That end-of-Roxbury pocket, and the North Highline outage area it was part of, is back on. The SCL map shows a few hundred, mostly in North Delridge/Puget Ridge/Highland Park, still out since last night.

9:27 AM: Anyone on the water missing this?

Karen sent the photo and says it’s beached in Lincoln Park.

10:52 AM: We’ve been out for an hour looking for aftermath such as downed trees. Thanks to a tip, finally found one:

That tree has SW Orchard closed just north of Dumar.

12:22 PM: Oregon is blocked between 38th and 39th because of this:

Police say the house’s residents heard it crack during the wind. They have evacuated. City Light has been called.

1:18 PM: The SCL outage map now shows only scattered, single-customer outages in our area. If you’re out and the map doesn’t show it, be sure SCL knows – 206-684-3000. Their map shows 2,500 still out, service-area-wide.

2:42 PM: Another storm-related closure, tweeted by Seattle Parks:

21 Replies to "West Seattle windstorm aftermath: New and continuing outages; cleanup; closures"

  • Lisa December 15, 2018 (8:12 am)

    Power is still out. I always have a cup of tea by now. I’m going through withdrawals. 

  • Tran December 15, 2018 (8:18 am)

    More of High Point is out again compared to what is shown in that picture. At least we got some cooking done this morning. 

  • Yeahright102 December 15, 2018 (9:08 am)

    We are at 37th and Austin… never lost power but our neighbors did… Right now we don’t have Comcast services (phone, internet, or TV).  Their outage map shows large West Seattle outages with target resolution about 2:15pm or 4:20pm depending on zip code (looks like 98106, 98126, 98106, and 98136 are affected).  Not sure if this is storm related to the storm or just their typical service.   https://www.xfinity.com/support/status-map/ 

    • datamuse December 15, 2018 (10:54 am)

      Yeah we’re in the Comcast outage area. I suspect it’s storm related.

  • Janet December 15, 2018 (9:17 am)

    What makes the High Point double blackout so strange is that our power lines are buried. It usually shields us from most of the wind-related outages. That it came on last night just to go out again this morning is very odd.

    • Question Authority December 15, 2018 (11:23 am)

      Those lines may be buried in your neighborhood but they’re not necessarily buried on the way to it.  Outages affecting certain areas can actually start miles away the way circuitry is laid out.

    • Busrider December 15, 2018 (4:59 pm)

      The feed coming into highpoint from the north  comes from the station near delridge which is all overhead. 

  • DRW December 15, 2018 (9:58 am)

    Flight from SFO delayed 2.5 hours last night. I was checking the Seattle.gov outage map. Got home about 130am to a cold dark house. Bundled up and jumped into bed. Heard beeps and power pops on at 6am! Thank you City Light Crews!

    • datamuse December 15, 2018 (10:55 am)

      We can see planes approaching SeaTac from our house when they’re coming in from the north. Wouldn’t have liked to be on a plane last night!

      • SlimJim December 16, 2018 (12:25 pm)

        I was on a 737 landing during a windstorm (50-60mph gusts) at SeaTac a couple years ago. We were all so nervous that we got amazingly quiet as we approached the ground, bucking and jerking all over. The pilot managed to put the wheels on the ground before the tail, nose or wingtip and we all burst into applause.I later mentioned it to a friend who’s a longtime commercial pilot and he said with a grin “those are the fun ones”. Kind of made me feel better to imagine the pilot wasn’t scared spitless like I was, and was actually feeling like “I got this”. ;-)

  • HelperMonkey December 15, 2018 (10:31 am)

    Anyone else’s Century Link internet out? Power never went out for me, but internet stopped working this morning. Arbor Heights.

  • Graciano December 15, 2018 (11:45 am)

    LOL!!! you were bound and determined to find a downed tree and hallelujah you did!

    “10:52 AM: We’ve been out for an hour looking for aftermath such as downed trees”. Thanks to a tip, finally found one:

  • Carluv December 15, 2018 (11:55 am)

    Ooh poor Lil subie, hope it’s ok

  • miws December 15, 2018 (11:59 am)

    Unless that tree on Dumar came down later this morning, after around 11:45, it has been cleared. I rode the Metro Route 128 to (around10:15)  and from Thriftway and didn’t notice either driver having to drive around anything. —-Mike 

    • WSB December 15, 2018 (12:15 pm)

      We posted from the scene. Have to head to SSC shortly so will look …

    • WSB December 15, 2018 (12:42 pm)

      Still blocked. Dumar itself remains open – it’s on Orchard north of Dumar, where Orchard forks off toward Sanislo.

      • miws December 15, 2018 (1:53 pm)

        Oh, I see it now upon a closer look that that is not directly on the bus route. Apologies for the misinformation. I didn’t sleep a wink last night since I was without my BiPAP machine due to the outage.  Brain Fog is at pea soup level today. —-Mike 

    • why_cause December 15, 2018 (1:44 pm)

      They are working to clear the tree now.

  • Lola December 15, 2018 (4:34 pm)

    We came up Oregon at about 11:30 AM today and saw the leaning pole.  Did not see any City Light trucks just a lot of people on the corner looking at it.  Would not want to be that house on the corner. 

  • Alki Resident December 15, 2018 (5:25 pm)

    There is a street lamp down next to the sidewalk on Beach Drive. South of Menashe house.

    • Hoku December 15, 2018 (7:24 pm)

      To report the street lamp try calling 206-684-7623 first. If the downed street lamp appears to not be endangering anybody or anything, leave a voicemail or send an email to 684-Road@seattle.gov. If it’s blocking the roadway or pedestrian access and no one answers that phone, call 911. They’ll direct you appropriately and typically appreciate you tried to figure out who to contact first. Navigating the City system is not easy – this is how I was able to report/was directed to report and got a small, yet serious, public safety issue resolved quickly on a weekend.

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