UPDATE: Another early-morning power outage in West Seattle

2:26 AM: We have an outage report from Belvidere, shortly after flickering here in Upper Fauntleroy, and a flicker report from Genesee Hill. Anyone else out?

2:28 AM: The outage is now on the Seattle City Light map – more than 3,200 customers. Second early-early-morning outage this week, but a different part of the peninsula – this time mostly the northeast section.

2:42 AM: No cause yet from SCL but we can say that as was the case with this week’s first big outage, this one was preceded by a burst of loud weather.

3:31 AM: Second hour. No word of any restoration yet (the outage two mornings ago ended for some after an hour, others after two).

4:13 AM: Down to 3,009 out now.

6:11 AM: Some came back on around 5:20, and the rest around 6 – outage now over. Still no word on the cause.

57 Replies to "UPDATE: Another early-morning power outage in West Seattle"

  • Westsider December 24, 2021 (2:27 am)

    Power out on 41st and College St.

  • Hill December 24, 2021 (2:27 am)

    Out in North Admiral

  • Emily December 24, 2021 (2:28 am)

    Out in N Admiral 2:25am

  • Liz December 24, 2021 (2:28 am)

    Power out Harbor Av SW

  • Matt E Bear December 24, 2021 (2:28 am)

    Looks like SW Nevada St is out currently. I saw a couple of bright flashes outside but no boom or anything. 

  • Nico December 24, 2021 (2:28 am)

    North Admiral lost power as well.

  • Ron December 24, 2021 (2:29 am)

    We are out on SW Adams St. by Dragonfly Park.

  • Light’s Out December 24, 2021 (2:33 am)

    Power’s out By Luna park Cafe Area.  loud boom, white flash . Spokane/Harbor Intersection lights out. Be safe out,  it is pitch, no streetlights.

  • Holly December 24, 2021 (2:37 am)

    Does anyone know what the cause of the outage is?

  • Jude December 24, 2021 (2:42 am)

    Power out in City View (homes above Harbor Ave/Luna Park/WS Bridge)

  • Michelle December 24, 2021 (2:43 am)

    Driving home from airport towards West Seattle,  getting off off I509, the sky lit up over WS blue & green, it looked like the Northern Lights! It was weird 

  • HJJ December 24, 2021 (2:46 am)

    Does anyone know what the cause of this power outage is?

    • WSB December 24, 2021 (2:53 am)

      As noted above, no cause announced yet. The descriptions sound a lot like the one earlier this week, which was blamed on a large tree falling on lines…

      • Jude December 24, 2021 (6:04 am)

        Power is back on in City View.  6am.

      • Laura December 24, 2021 (6:30 pm)

        All should take note that unless there is a battery powered backup system in place for your security systems, homes and businesses are left vulnerable. Mine had a destructive burglary attempt down on Harbor Ave which has left me moving my entire store out on Christmas Eve and closing shop for good. Not to mention my condo building has been broken into twice over the last month. Don’t know how much more of this I can handle 😔

        • WSB December 24, 2021 (6:42 pm)

          Sorry to hear that. If you get a chance, consider sending us info for Crime Watch – that’s how we hear about most of the crime reports we publish. Especially if there’s any particular merchandise people can watch for, etc. – westseattleblog@gmail.com

  • Jace December 24, 2021 (2:47 am)

    I saw bright flash of green all across the sky and then power out. Assuming transformer explosion. North admiral

    • Jude December 24, 2021 (3:04 am)

      Yep, heard a very loud noise —  “bang”– at 2:20am which woke me up then heard my PC shutting down…then saw all lights out in the street, my house lights gone…Xmas eve…uh boy.

  • Pdx77 December 24, 2021 (2:48 am)

    I just hope we don’t experience any power outages during next weeks’ cold snap.   

  • Power out December 24, 2021 (2:50 am)

    Power outage at 2:22 Am Admiral way 39th Ave. Flickered twice. Total darkness. Only my battery operated Christmas light on the window is lighted up when i came down to peek at my neighbors’ houses. Merry Christmas 

  • Tia Nguyen December 24, 2021 (3:10 am)

    Power’s out on 26th Ave SW

  • Laura E Matter December 24, 2021 (3:13 am)

    Power out on 26th and Alaska. Went out about 2:15, came back on for a second and then went out completely. Just now a flicker of light, but out again. 

  • Marsha Honda December 24, 2021 (4:03 am)

    Power is out on Avalon and Bradford still

  • Dee December 24, 2021 (4:17 am)

    Power still out on Harbor Ave SW. Any repair truck sightings?

    • WSB December 24, 2021 (4:58 am)

      I have one report via Twitter of crews looking around at Hiawatha,

    • April December 24, 2021 (5:14 am)

      Power truck was cruising my street on 42nd, just down from N Admiral, West Hill apartments about 15 minutes ago. Praying everyone a safe Christmas 🎄 🙏 

  • April December 24, 2021 (5:22 am)

    Yayyyy!! Power back on at 42nd, West Hill apartments!!!!! 🙌🙌🙌

  • Peter T December 24, 2021 (5:22 am)

    5.20. Lights popped back on. Good job to all including the blog! North Admiral, 37th and Admiral. 

  • John Gathly December 24, 2021 (5:23 am)

    Power restored around California @ Hill 

  • Mk December 24, 2021 (5:23 am)

    Power back on in Admiral

  • Juli December 24, 2021 (5:24 am)

    Power is out in Youngstown. Anyone see trucks? 

  • Admiral December 24, 2021 (5:24 am)

    5:21am power back on at 44th and College

  • Rose De Dan December 24, 2021 (5:30 am)

    Power on in Belvidere!

  • ElizaC December 24, 2021 (5:31 am)

    Power back in Admiral

  • WestSeaMom December 24, 2021 (6:04 am)

    Power just came back on. 35th & Hinds

  • Paul December 24, 2021 (6:07 am)

    Looks like power restored for us (SW Westbridge Pl) at around 6:05am.

  • Jennifer Cinnamon December 24, 2021 (6:17 am)

    Just came back up around 28th Ave SW/ Dragonfly Park

  • jesse eskenazi December 24, 2021 (6:25 am)

    Thank you so much for restoring power in our West Seattle neighborhoods so quickly.  I am always amazed at your service.  Thank you.Pat

  • Kaybee December 24, 2021 (6:56 am)

    The power came back to Harbor Ave area at 5:20 this morning. I hope everyone’s power was restored then too. 

  • Flivver December 24, 2021 (7:05 am)

    Alki-61st & Stevens area never lost power.

  • West Seattle Coug December 24, 2021 (7:51 am)

    We live on 37th between Landers and Stevens, and for some reason (circuit routing) this is probably the 3rd outage that hit everyone around us but not our block. Would be cool to know the circuit breaker “lay of the land” here in WS.

  • Mj December 24, 2021 (8:29 am)

    It was out for a number of hours.  Fortunately it was at night, but the system alarms when it gets restored wake people up in the middle of the night!

  • MG December 24, 2021 (8:59 am)

    Seattle city light needs new leadership.  I have been here for a very long time and never seen so many power outages from just the last 5 years.   Come on Solar!!!

  • Peter B December 24, 2021 (9:21 am)

    How many is that in the past month or two? In the past year? I can’t believe this is normal.I’ll reiterate that I’ve never lived or visited anywhere with so many outages.  Last time I expressed surprise and disappointment with the infrastructure here I was accused of having never left America lol 

    • Tony December 24, 2021 (9:52 am)

      I’ve never seen this many power outages since the 1960s in upstate NY. I also traveled  Europe  for a year in 1976 and never experienced power outages. 

    • Lineman December 24, 2021 (9:54 am)

      The grid is finally falling apart, and no this is far from normal. 

      • MW December 24, 2021 (2:53 pm)

        Is it being “allowed” to deteriorate this badly, lineman?  (I presume your alias is a clue to your knowledge of this industry)

    • MW December 24, 2021 (11:04 am)

       “…never having left America” is pretty apt these days (lol) as it appears SCL’s goal is 3rd world reliability for your future.  

    • Lagartija Nick December 24, 2021 (11:21 am)

      You were right then, Peter, and you’re right now. The frequency of outages here compared to other places I’ve lived is astonishing and too many people here have become accustomed to it as normal. It is not.

      • MW December 24, 2021 (12:53 pm)

        Compared to, not just other locations, let’s compare to a decade or so ago… right here.  I’ve lived here a long time.  SCL’s infrastructure reliability has noticeably deteriorated compared to its past.

  • Pat Davis December 24, 2021 (9:35 am)

    I live in North Admiral (just NE of Met Market) and right before the power outage there was a HUGE flash of light (seemed northward) and a loud sound. I thought perhaps thunder/lightening…but no it was loss of powerWS Blog staff/residents:  We  REALLY  need to know  WHY  we are getting so many power outages and City Light needs to ENSURE   they have adequate power to W Seattle. We are stranded enough with the bridge “fake out for federal dollars ”  without having fragile power supply.Terminal 5 below us now operating. Anything with that (massive power use)WHAT  IS  THE  REASON  :    We need to know and avoid it (safety with bridge/access/exit greatly hindered in a true emergency)   

  • Rob December 24, 2021 (10:13 am)

    Its amazing to here how many people are up at that time in the morning 🤣

  • 1994 December 24, 2021 (1:23 pm)

    Again?!?!! What is going on with so many outages? Fingers crossed, very tightly! no electricity outages next week during the cold snap.

  • brizone December 24, 2021 (2:55 pm)

    Amazing that this many outages are happening in such a short time.  SCL still seems to be falling behind on maintenance, just as a failure to manage tree-trimming along feeder lines was a huge contributing factor to the big multi-day snopocalypse outage years back.Lack of maintenance and timely response is how we lost the use of the West Seattle Bridge…What’s next?  Water system failure?

  • Rara December 24, 2021 (3:27 pm)

    Thank god we never lose power on ferry because of living right by the fire department. I’m sorry for all that have to deal with this 😞 I have experienced it many times in my old house. I hope everything comes back on before tomorrow. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas tomorrow. 

  • Westy December 25, 2021 (10:41 pm)

    Greetings!Any insights as to the cause?  The scope and duration of the outage was significant (multiple hours).  It would be helpful to close out on what we understand to be the cause, the risks, and mitigation strategies.  We used to live in a very rural island area of Puget Sound and did not experience the frequent and lengthy power interruptions that we have experienced in West Seattle.  Surprising to us to live in the city yet experience more disruptions.

    • WSB December 25, 2021 (10:45 pm)

      Unfortunately this happened at the start of a three-day weekend for government offices (not the crews who were out fixing it, of course) so I won’t be able to get info on the cause until Monday. – TR

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