UPDATE: West Seattle early-morning power outage cuts electricity to 4,700+ customers for hour-plus

1:01 AM: Getting reports of a power outage – so far hearing from Gatewood, Arbor Heights, The Arroyos. Anyone else?

1:07 AM: Big outage – just showed on the map (always a lag). 4,700+ homes/businesses.

1:10 AM: No official word of the cause yet but we have at least two reports from Gatewood of a “zap” heard and flashes seen. (Added atop this story: Screengrab of City Light map, for the record.)

1:21 AM: As noted in comment discussion, SCL has assigned an estimated restoration time of 7 am, but those are always just guesstimates – could be much sooner … or later.

2:01 AM: Second hour of the outage. SCL says its crews are still investigating.

2:32 AM: After an hour and a half, we’re getting reports that at least some have their power back.

2:37 AM: The SCL map is now updated. 3,000+ customers still out.

2:51 AM: And now everybody else (except for 1 customer) is back on, the map shows. (Added) SCL says via Twitter that while the cause is still under investigation, crews “rerouted power to restore the affected area.”

ADDED TUESDAY: SCL says an underground cable failure caused the outage.

72 Replies to "UPDATE: West Seattle early-morning power outage cuts electricity to 4,700+ customers for hour-plus"

  • Desertdweller February 3, 2019 (1:02 am)

    It’s out in the Arroyos too.

    • Judith February 3, 2019 (2:02 am)

      Out near Kenny Home and Gatewood School.

    • Linh February 4, 2019 (1:56 pm)

      Why this areas 12411 3rd Ave swalways number one power was outeven little wind ,rained, snow I live this areas more then 15 years city of Seattle never investing why lot power this areas we pay full every month, you guy should question this areas problem, 

  • Fauntleroy February 3, 2019 (1:02 am)

    Yes, all of Fauntleroy appears out as well.

  • Jessica February 3, 2019 (1:02 am)

    Power out  near Endolyne Joe’s

  • Thermo February 3, 2019 (1:03 am)

    Just went out at 4510 hemlock way

  • David February 3, 2019 (1:03 am)

    Power out in Fauntleroy

  • Stephanie February 3, 2019 (1:04 am)

    Lowman Beach is out. First time in 3.5 years of living here and having it go out. Any idea what’s up?

    • WSB February 3, 2019 (1:05 am)

      Not yet. Although D on Twitter reports “hear(ing) a zap.”

    • DERECK KNIGHT February 3, 2019 (1:08 am)

      Lol tracy ann apt is out  Pelly place

  • Js February 3, 2019 (1:04 am)

    Fauntleroy (Lincoln Park) area is out too 

  • Jessica February 3, 2019 (1:04 am)

    Powers out here on the southwest side of 35th and Barton 

  • Amy Rastogi February 3, 2019 (1:04 am)

    I’ve lost power. Home is near Lincoln Park.

  • Jennie Wyatt February 3, 2019 (1:04 am)

    Fauntleroy is out

  • Derek February 3, 2019 (1:05 am)

    We are out on SW Wildwood Place bear the ferry dock. Happened about five minutes ago.

  • Raised in WS February 3, 2019 (1:05 am)

    The power just went out a few minutes ago, right in the middle of my online test…There’s no storm so I wonder what caused it.

  • John February 3, 2019 (1:05 am)

    Fauntleroy 44th Avenue SW is out

  • Emilia Anderson February 3, 2019 (1:05 am)

    Arbor Heights here. It seemed to go off at 1am. 

  • David February 3, 2019 (1:05 am)

    👽 👽 👽

  • Cindy Craig February 3, 2019 (1:05 am)

    We’re halfway up the hill from Lincoln Park and can see all the way over to the top of Marine View Drive and it’s all dark except the ferry dock. Vashon Island has the lights on.

  • Ada February 3, 2019 (1:06 am)

    Didn’t lose power here in Arbor Heights in any of the recent windstorms a d now is it goes out? Weird

    • AHLIFER69 February 3, 2019 (2:16 am)

      Hi Ada, I’ve lived in Arbor Heights for over 40 years. We’ve been lucky up here through a lot the windstorms n not had too many outages.  Probably just an out dated infrastructure “piece/part” that’s needs to b replaced & just so happened it was tonight. Hopefully it will b back on line b4 our cold weather comes in. 

  • DERECK KNIGHT February 3, 2019 (1:06 am)

    Down here in Pelly Place we lost it

  • Gabe Athouse February 3, 2019 (1:06 am)

    Power out at Lincoln Park neighborhood hear around Othello street and Fauntleroy 

    • Gabe Athouse February 3, 2019 (1:35 am)

      The humming sound coming from the Lincoln Park and Fauntleroy area is actually the backup generators running for the retired apartment community The Kenney 

      • Kathy Minnis February 3, 2019 (9:47 am)

        Ah ha. That makes total sense. Thanks, Gabe!

  • Mary Sullivan February 3, 2019 (1:06 am)

    Lights are out all the way to Roxbury and 35th

  • Tami February 3, 2019 (1:07 am)

    No power here on 31st arbor heights pool street 

  • J-9 February 3, 2019 (1:07 am)

    Yeah! I live in Arbor Heights. This is so weird! No storm. No wind. No rain. 

  • ACG February 3, 2019 (1:08 am)

    Power out in Arbor Heights. 

  • Mary Ballou February 3, 2019 (1:09 am)

    Yes here 36 37 nortb ofroxbury 

  • Liz Nelson February 3, 2019 (1:12 am)

    Wth???

  • Kathy February 3, 2019 (1:12 am)

    Power out on Fauntleroy just north Lincoln Park. Now hearing a loud, odd, and  persistent buzzing noise too. 

    • Erica February 3, 2019 (1:18 am)

      Same here! I thought I was going crazy. I live basically on Lincoln Park and heard it.

      • Gabe Athouse February 3, 2019 (1:40 am)

        Pretty sure it’s the backup generators kicked on and running at the retirement community The Kenney right on Fauntleroy there I just walked out to figure it out myself. I was hoping it would be linesmen trucks but they have power luckily! 

  • Liz Nelson February 3, 2019 (1:14 am)

    Out in arbor heights. Wth???

  • Momof3boys February 3, 2019 (1:16 am)

    On Gatewood hill, just above the Thriftway. And we’re out too.

  • Tammie Sears February 3, 2019 (1:16 am)

    It’s out across the street from Arbor Heights Elementary school

  • JO February 3, 2019 (1:17 am)

    Out in Arbor Heights-106th west of 35th. Never lose power here even during crazy winds. 

  • Wall Send Yau February 3, 2019 (1:18 am)

    Yep, power is out. We had a couple flashes after it went out initially, then nothing.

  • Tony Kawamoto February 3, 2019 (1:19 am)

    Guessing a transformer blew

  • Colin February 3, 2019 (1:22 am)

    Estimated repair time – 7:00am

    • WSB February 3, 2019 (1:27 am)

      Remember, as we always remind everybody, the estimates are absolutely nothing more than guesstimates so it could be much sooner … or later. We’ve had outages in recent months ranging from several minutes to more than a day. If anyone happens to see an SCL truck in their area, let us know – that could be a hint at the cause. There are no incidents logged otherwise (no fires, crashes, tree-down reports) … TR

  • James Lemons February 3, 2019 (1:23 am)

    Power is out in parts of Morgan junction as well.

  • Lynda Jao February 3, 2019 (1:26 am)

    Out near Holly Street and California. I happened to be looking out the window and saw a flash coming from higher on Holly Street as the power was going out.

  • Colin February 3, 2019 (1:27 am)

    http://www.seattle.gov/light/mobile/outagemap.aspOutage map

  • Russ Young February 3, 2019 (1:28 am)

    City Light says it began at 12:57; 4,748 customers affected. Estimated restoration at 0700: http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/map.asp

  • David February 3, 2019 (1:53 am)

    Does anybody have a uninterrupted power supply we can use so our fish don’t die?

  • Judith February 3, 2019 (2:08 am)

    Power out near Gatewood School and Kenny Home 

  • Rafa February 3, 2019 (2:10 am)

    This is BS!!

  • Lisa February 3, 2019 (2:27 am)

    Just moved the milk and meats to the freezer. 

  • Lisa February 3, 2019 (2:28 am)

    ….just as the power comes back on. Yay! 

  • Dp February 3, 2019 (2:32 am)

    Powe back on in Arbor Heights!

  • Tony February 3, 2019 (2:32 am)

    Power is back in Arbor Heights!

  • J-9 February 3, 2019 (2:38 am)

    Back on! North Arbor Heights

  • T February 3, 2019 (2:40 am)

    I have lived here almost 30 years and never seen so many power outages as in 2018/19.

    • they February 3, 2019 (7:36 am)

      I’ve been here 50 and have noticed the same thing…Would like to hear the reasons not the symptoms but the root cause. And hats off the crews out there restoring service, where would we be without you…THX  

  • James Lemons February 3, 2019 (2:47 am)

    Power is on in Morgan junction 

  • Sloan February 3, 2019 (2:47 am)

    Wildwood back on! 

  • David February 3, 2019 (2:49 am)

    Power in Fauntleroy🎏 alive

  • John February 3, 2019 (2:52 am)

    Power is back on on 44th Avenue Fauntleroy area

  • Mary Ballou February 3, 2019 (5:05 am)

    We got power back on about 4 am or so

  • G Shadow February 3, 2019 (7:36 am)

    glad  it  was not very long…have bad memories of the 3-4 day outage in Arbor Heights many years ago…not fun.

  • Kera February 3, 2019 (8:04 am)

    We still have the power all night long. And never knew the power outage until I saw the Komo news saying.  Stay warm out there!!  Happy Sunday! 

  • Rick February 3, 2019 (8:54 am)

    Odd. We live at the Marnae across from the Shell in Gatewood and had no outage but all our neighbors around us did. Kinda eerie. 

  • Rick February 3, 2019 (9:19 am)

    Woke up at 2:50am to an appliance beeping back on. Smelled a strong electrical burning smell in the house. Anyone else notice anything like that? We live at the north end of Lincoln Park. 

  • melissa February 3, 2019 (2:18 pm)

    Huh. I guess we were that one house, because our power was out when I awoke at 3:30. Weird. Although it does make me feel mighty special.

    • WSB February 3, 2019 (2:35 pm)

      The map showed the “last 1” in the vicinity of Summit Atlas, FWIW. How accurate the SCL mapping is when it gets down to that last house, I’m not sure.- TR

  • 97th SW 76 years and going February 3, 2019 (9:49 pm)

    We never lose power here on 97th thru all the snow storms thunder heavy rainfall even when the thanksgiving windstorm of 2006 knocked the whole region out this specific half of the block was up and running while everyone around us across the street even two doors down were knocked out but last night we lost power here for the first time ever.

  • LG February 5, 2019 (10:02 am)

    Anyone ever hear why it went out from City Light?

    • John February 5, 2019 (2:32 pm)

      Never did! They did three tweets about it being under investigation and when I commented on the final tweet asking what happened, my comment was deleted for some reason

      • WSB February 5, 2019 (3:59 pm)

        I didn’t have time to ask yesterday but I did today. Underground cable failure.

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