UPDATE: Power outage stretching from parts of southeast West Seattle to South Park to Burien

2:19 PM: Second big Seattle City Light power outage this week – this time, 5,700+ customers, some in southeast West Seattle and west South Park. Above is a closeup of the WS areas affected – to see the full outage zone, which stretches into Burien, go to the SCL website map. This started about an hour ago; no word yet on the cause.

3:18 PM: Via Twitter, City Light says this was caused by “a downed tree that came into contact with overhead power lines.” In a comment below, Bill says the culprit tree appears to have been one that fell near the 509 ramp on the Olson/1st/etc. hill.

6:01 PM: Most of the areas in the image above are still out – almost 400 customers – but the rest are back on. Note that commenter Patience points out this is still affecting traffic in the Olson/Myers vicinity at the east end of the Roxbury corridor.

11:52 PM: Just checked the map – 74 customers still out.

7 Replies to "UPDATE: Power outage stretching from parts of southeast West Seattle to South Park to Burien"

  • Bill January 22, 2021 (2:37 pm)

    Suspect this is related to a tree that came down across from the 509NB on-ramp near Myers Way and Olsen, around 1pm. I was driving northbound when it came down – landing just in front of a southbound car on 1st Ave/Myers Way (heading up the hill). Returned about 45min later to find a utility truck – and a large traffic backup due to the light at Olsen/Myers/1st being out. Back-up reached all the way up the hill onto Roxbury.

    • WSB January 22, 2021 (3:18 pm)

      Thanks. They have indeed confirmed via Twitter that it was a downed tree; updating above.

  • Patience January 22, 2021 (5:08 pm)

    Traffic is still backed-up in West Seattle.  Roxbury/Olson/Meyers Way intersection is all-way stop since the signal has been out since the tree went down.  Others using Holden/Highland Park Way is almost backed up to Delridge Way.  PLEASE, PLEASE do not BLOCK any intersection (especially along Roxbury or 16th & Holden) as YOU are blocking the north/south drivers, too!

  • R0B0 January 22, 2021 (6:41 pm)

    After the last outage I finally bought a backup power supply on sale at Costco for the cable modem and wifi. I just happened to plug it in last night and was so happy to still have internet when the power went out today! Best $60 spent since no mobile service here at home

  • Josh January 22, 2021 (9:52 pm)

    This is horrible, they just updated expected restoration time to 9:17pm tomorrow and it’s freezing with no heat here.

    • WSB January 22, 2021 (9:59 pm)

      As we always caution, restoration times are just wild guesses on SCL’s part – it could be a lot sooner (or, hate to say it, later). Hope it’s the former.

  • 1994 January 22, 2021 (10:11 pm)

    Big FAT rant to the speeding driver in a burnt orange colored newish car that used the southbound 509 turn lane as a passing lane about 4:10 pm  when the traffic signal was out at S Cloverdale/1st Ave S intersection where  it passes by the 509…..highly dangerous move as the cross traffic coming from 1st Ave S has very limited visibility to get their turn during the signal outage. When a traffic signal is not working everyone is to treat the intersection as a 4 way stop. Even you  in the burnt orange colored car!

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