UPDATE: Power outage in Gatewood

2:04 PM: Thanks for the tips. Seattle City Light blames “tree/vegetation” for a Gatewood power outage that started just after 12:30 pm, affecting 156 customers. It’s the biggest one reported in West Seattle so far today – there are also a few other pockets on the outage map with single-digit totals.

2:51 PM: Thanks to Kerriann for sending this video of a utility-pole fire from Orchard east of California:

5:34 PM: Power’s restored, according to a note we’ve received, and the disappearance of the outage from the map.

9 Replies to "UPDATE: Power outage in Gatewood"

  • Erica December 26, 2022 (2:08 pm)

    We’ve been without power on 37th Ave just south of Findley since 7 am. I’ve reported it 4 times today and it’s still not showing up on the City outage map. It’s about 2 blocks worth of houses. Not sure why it’s not showing up

  • Kerriann December 26, 2022 (2:10 pm)

    There is an electrical pole fire on SW Orchard st. 

  • Hammer in Hand December 26, 2022 (2:38 pm)

    I am thinking it may be related to a large tree that came down at about 40 or 41st  SW. and SW Thistle st. 

    • WSB December 26, 2022 (2:53 pm)

      No, different area. We had that tree in our earlier downed-tree reports. This is some distance to the north.

  • D December 26, 2022 (4:01 pm)

    We’d been complaining to the city about these trees needing to be cut down over risk to peoples lives, homes, and concerns over hitting power lines, but the city ignored our complaints saying the trees are considered “significant” and thus saving them is more important. All of these trees will fall down during a windstorm probably in 5-10 years and at that size will lead to fatalities. To keep a congruous ecological environment we should be cutting them down preemptively and replacing them immediately with trees that won’t cause hazards or issues. The city is to blame for this. 

  • Bill and Sara December 26, 2022 (4:37 pm)

    There are 3 in a cherry picker still working in the utility pole that was originally on fire 🔥 on Orchard st. 

  • sosinc3 December 26, 2022 (4:54 pm)

    I know the City Light crews are working hard down there. We are still without power as of 4:53 PM. Hopefully they will get things in order soon. I am going to drive down and see if I can get any kind of update and will report back if I get anything from the crews. Time to get the camping gear out. :-)

  • sosinc3 December 26, 2022 (6:40 pm)

    Power is back – Thank you Seattle City Light employees and contractors.

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul December 27, 2022 (5:45 pm)

    D… First of all you are fear mongering about trees; a classic, archaic, uninformed method of attempting to remove healthy trees.Second of all the city has no blame here. This was an insulator issue, not a tree. In fact the trees have SCL clearance from that pole. We don’t preemptively cut trees. The trees you’re referring to aren’t hazard trees and we need to retain as many urban trees as possible.The trees that are splitting or falling now are a result of the trifecta of rain, ice, wind (and more rain). Rarely would they have qualified as hazard trees. Trees and their maintenance/removal fall into multiple jurisdictional categories.Trees that are in the ROW are SDOT, private property SDCI, under power lines SCL…so on and so forth. These categories can co-mingle as well.We will continue to have worsening weather (drought, flood, extreme heat and cold)  patterns, due in part to the deforestation of our cities. So your ‘solution’ is actually part of the problem. 

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