No word yet on the cause.
3:48 AM: Don’t know whether it’s cause/effect/coincidence, but just heard via scanner that there’s a big tree down on California Way near Harbor Ave. Meantime, speaking of roads, remember that if traffic signals are out, that means 4-way stop.
4:15 AM: While we’re waiting, a word of caution – though the SCL map lists “estimated restoration” as 10 am, estimates like that are NOT grounded in anything beyond a guess, so it could be back much sooner … or much later. West Seattle’s last major power outage was on August 13th, 3,600+ customers affected, but to the south. Checking on north West Seattle’s last major outage. (Added: August of last year, a downed tree on Harbor took out 3,000+ customers)
4:41 AM: Longtime WSB contributor Christopher Boffoli checked out the tree scene:
He says police at the scene confirmed it’s related. (Added) Crews are there:
4:54 AM: City Light confirms the tree’s to blame.
5:31 AM: Getting word some power’s back on – Youngstown, near Alki, and 32nd/Genesee. Thanks! (Added: Other areas too – see comments. The SCL map lags up to 15 minutes, so we’ll see in a bit if everyone’s back or if some outage pockets remain.)
5:44 AM: SCL map updated. 80 percent of those who originally lost power have it back, but 1,314 customers are still out.
5:49 AM: Now 1,090 – here’s the updated-again map:
Thanks again for letting us know (text 206-293-6302) when power’s out, or restored – the SCL map can lag 15+ minutes, and when an outage is completely over, there’s no archived record of its end time.
6:56 AM: 755 still out.
10:14 AM: In addition to those 755, power is back out for 74 more. This is not unusual during repair situations. Readers who’ve been by the downed-tree site this morning sent photos – first, from Marc Milrod:
And from Stewart L:
Stewart says crews told him repairs might take hours longer to finish. We’re checking with City Light.
11:24 AM: Now everyone’s back except the cluster of 74 who re-lost power two hours ago.
4:35 PM: They’re not back yet. But work continues – here’s a photo from David Hutchinson:
And a wide view from Stewart L.:
9:13 PM: Still no relief for that pocket. City Light was still working when we went by right before sunset:
1:42 AM SATURDAY: And those 74 customers are still without electricity.
FINAL UPDATE: Multiple reports say they finally got the power back around 2:20 am.