Short-lived West Seattle power outage

Thanks to Janine for the tip. Almost 100 homes in the Fairmount Park area were without power for more than an hour this morning; the outage has been resolved but we’re noting it here just for the record, as the Seattle City Light website doesn’t archive outages. Janine said the outage was preceded by a flash and “boom” around 8 am; the outage was resolved sometime after 9.

5 Replies to "Short-lived West Seattle power outage"

  • Tesla was Right July 31, 2021 (11:11 am)

    This is interesting. Typically “flash and BOOM” typically indicates a blown transformer. Those usually only serve 4 or so residences each.Also, blown transformers can take some time to replace.A one hour outage of 100 or so is curious. Regardless, looks like darn good response from SCL.Glad everyone is back online!

    • WSB July 31, 2021 (11:19 am)

      Sorry I don’t have a grab of the map – I saw the email and checked the map via phone (seeing the outage listed as 90+ customers) after 9 am but couldn’t publish immediately, and by the time I got back to the desk around 9:45, the outage was over and it had vanished from the map. Should have taken a phone screengrab, I won’t make that mistake again!

  • Janine July 31, 2021 (11:25 am)

    Just a boom, no flash

  • Rooster July 31, 2021 (12:00 pm)

    Saw a City Light bucket truck leaving Fairmont Park area this morning. I didn’t note the exact  time but around 9:00 am. I did hear a loud noise earlier  but cant be sure what that was. 

  • Question Authority July 31, 2021 (2:46 pm)

    Fuses associated with the supply voltage feed on transformers blow as well, effectively knocking it out and preventing further damage.

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