5:50 PM: Seaview and Morgan Junction are reporting power’s out – and there was a much-more-widespread flicker, too – hit us in Upper Fauntleroy. Stand by for more. And sorry if you’re having trouble with our site, everybody subsequently hit us at once…
5:55 PM: Seattle City Light map hasn’t updated yet. But this appears to be widespread – we’ve heard from folks all the way up to Alki, too. There’s a wires-down call in the 5400 block of 37th SW, so that might be related.
6:02 PM: City Light map hasn’t updated yet but a reader says the phone recording cites 4,300 customers out.
6:08 PM: City Light has finally tweeted – almost 10,000 customers (homes/businesses).
6:13 PM: The map’s finally updated too – mostly western West Seattle. No word yet on the cause – we’ll go have a look at the 37th SW scene soon as we can.
6:37 PM: We’re en route, but in the meantime, nearby resident @kevinfreitas tweeted this photo:
Kevin says firefighters at the scene told him “they don’t know why but high-voltage line snapped (that wire dangling there at corner of 36th/Findlay). No vehicle accident or anything.”
6:43 PM: SFD is gone now but SCL crews are at work.
6:52 PM: SCL’s official explanation via Twitter: “The outage was caused by equipment failure on a utility pole that caused a high voltage wire to break. Crews are on-site assessing the situation, with more on the way to make repairs.” (We of course will be following up for further details tomorrow, but for now that’s the topline.)
6:59 PM: We’re getting word that some power has been restored. You? (Update) Looks like about half the outage has been resolved – just under 5,000 homes/businesses still out. Here’s the current map of who’s still out:
7:08 PM: We’ve confirmed that the Morgan Junction business district is one of the areas where power is back on.
7:25 PM: Our photographer was in the Alki area when lights started coming back on, so looks like more restoration. (Update) Down to 476 out, per SCL map. Here’s who’s still out:
8:55 PM: No restoration for that last group yet, but SCL is working on it.
12:47 AM: The last of the outage is off the map, after seven hours.