UPDATE: Power outage déjà vu in West Seattle Junction

7:20 PM: Power’s out in the West Seattle Junction again – same area, same number of customers as Friday’s outage, 491. That one was blamed on “bird/animal” – no word on this one yet, though one texter says it’s the “same pole.”

9:09 PM: This one too is attributed to that same type of cause.

12:25 AM: Power’s back.

18 Replies to "UPDATE: Power outage déjà vu in West Seattle Junction"

  • 🤦‍♂️ June 12, 2021 (7:38 pm)


  • Wtf June 12, 2021 (7:41 pm)

    Last 2 nights I had to order out.. wtf am I paying for? This is not right!! This happen last year I’m done!!

  • Doug June 12, 2021 (8:27 pm)

    This is really unacceptable. I feel for all the businesses in the Junction that have lost yet another night of patronage. Come on City Light, get it together! 

  • West Seattle Mad Sci Guy June 12, 2021 (8:40 pm)

    Trader Joe’s power isn’t out tonight. 😅. This is just a thing I do now I guess. 

    • bird on a wire June 12, 2021 (9:25 pm)

      ha! :)

      please someone fix so more birds don’t die there

  • In The Dark June 12, 2021 (8:48 pm)

    The SCL site says it was due to a “bird_animal” again. How is that possible? Estimated restoration time is 12:33 a.m. Sunday, although as WSB noted yesterday, this means little.

    • WSB June 12, 2021 (9:21 pm)

      Bird lands on line in just the right spot …wrong spot, really. I will be following up on these for a more detailed explanation but won’t be able to reach my contact until Monday.

  • GladITookTheStairs June 12, 2021 (9:30 pm)


  • WGA June 12, 2021 (10:37 pm)

    Wow, just like yesterday, my backup battery/power/surge protector went pop and turned off my computer. Same as yesterday.It was later in the day and I thought it must be something with the battery pack. I’m actually happy it was a power outage, whatever caused it—sorry :-(I hope the power came back on  quickly. My power never went out (nor Friday).

  • YES2WS June 12, 2021 (10:50 pm)

    I saw the bird falling this time.  It’s sad and this happens way too often. Sure wish there were a solution.

  • Skeptical June 12, 2021 (11:27 pm)

    POWER IS BACK ON FINALLY. So happy it’ll be here until possibly, maybe tomorrow. Don’t hold your breath. 

  • In The Dark June 12, 2021 (11:28 pm)

    Power’s back.

  • W sea June 13, 2021 (6:06 am)

    The junction has food, and plenty. Its been a rough year and a half… foodies we got ya! 

  • Gary June 13, 2021 (12:33 pm)

    Engineer here (not at City Light).  Animals can and do cause outages. But that does not explain a repeated failure.  Maybe aging equipment?  Some utilities rehab and re-use their transformers for decades. I’ve heard of entire counties lose power because of a raccoon crawling into a substation.  Also I remember when half of downtown lost power for a day a few years back. Turned out to be a maintenance error.

    • Nate Woollens June 15, 2021 (4:41 am)

      Your absolutely correct. Utilities Animal Deterrent Contractor here, I have been trying to reach City Light to discuss our patented and proven animal deterrent fencing both perimeter and interior models for substation and equipment protection. While I cannot protect equipment from birds, I can from snakes, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, etc. If anyone has a contact at City Light I would very much like to present solutions to them. Nate Woollensnwoollens@vanquishfencing.com

  • Auntie Smash June 13, 2021 (3:20 pm)

    I ham hearing it is out again now?

    • WSB June 13, 2021 (4:08 pm)

      Nothing’s on the map and we haven’t heard from anyone…

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