UPDATE: Power outage in The Junction

7:13 PM: Thanks for the tip. Almost 500 customers have lost power in The Junction – the City Light map shows it’s mostly along California between Genesee and Edmunds. No word yet on the cause.

7:39 PM: We are in the area looking around. California businesses south of Alaska appear to have power. 42nd/Alaska signal is out. A City Light truck is by Junction Plaza Park.

7:50 PM: The other businesses – and signals – on California have power too. Jefferson Square appears OK too. But the 42nd/Alaska signal is still dark. (4-way stop!)

8:14 PM: The SCL map now confirms what commenters have said – “bird/animal contact” is blamed for the outage.

8:25 PM: Morgan reports that some businesses are out in the south half of the east side of the block between Oregon and Alaska.

9:40 PM: A few customers have their power back – SCL shows 469 still out.

10:37 AM: The outage has vanished from the map. If you’re still out, though, be sure to call City Light and let them know (206-684-3000).

15 Replies to "UPDATE: Power outage in The Junction"

  • Erithan June 16, 2023 (7:16 pm)

    I was wondering what happened, There was a loud boom and a big flash right outside my window at Alaska House.

  • Chris June 16, 2023 (7:18 pm)

    Initially lost all power but now have it back to only a 1/4 of my apt.

    • Robin June 16, 2023 (7:42 pm)

      Seriously someone else too?!  My living room has power, but the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallway do not.  I know my complex has a generator for hallway lights to flash on with movement and allow the side door to work since elevators are out

  • Morgan June 16, 2023 (7:23 pm)

    It was a crow, I saw it happen

    • Alston June 16, 2023 (7:34 pm)

      Oh no!! Poor little guy :( 

  • Alston June 16, 2023 (7:32 pm)

    I heard a loud boom outside of my apartment on 42nd. The strange thing is that a few of the outlets work and everything else is out. 

    • John b June 16, 2023 (8:18 pm)

      Most apts have back up generators. But that doesn’t explain the lack of emergency hallway lights… 

  • Mariah June 16, 2023 (8:30 pm)

    42nd and Alaska light is still dark and people are 100% not treating it as a 4 way. The apartment building there on the corner does not seem to have power and a bunch of people are locked out (so if someone is inside, there are a bunch of people in the alley by Portage Bay who can’t get in, including a mom with a baby if you want to go help them out!). 

  • KB June 16, 2023 (9:20 pm)

    Thanks to the kizuki manager for suggesting the Metro bus to get me and my toddler home after my vehicle got locked into the parking garage. I don’t understand why the garage door closed SEVERAL minutes after the power went out (I went back to it once to grab something) but I’m terrified for the safety implications and hope no one is stuck down there. WSB I appreciate any updates on the power so I can figure out how to get a ride/childcare and get my vehicle back. 

    • Natalie June 16, 2023 (10:26 pm)

      KB, I’m happy you and your little one made it home safe and sound. Last I saw on the city light outage map, the restoration time is 5am😕 I’m so sorry for your inconvenience and I just want to thank you for your patience and understanding during that chaotic time. Thankfully there have been no reports of anyone stuck. We hope to see you back at Kizuki soon! – Natalie 

      • WSB June 16, 2023 (10:36 pm)

        Please remember that even City Light itself acknowledges that the restoration estimates are useless and based on nothing. Could be much sooner (or maybe later). And in fact as I type this, this outage has vanished from the map – everybody back on? The traffic cam shows the 42nd/Alaska light has power again:

        • Natalie June 16, 2023 (10:54 pm)

          Can confirm Kizuki has power. Our cameras are back up and running 👍🏼

  • Bob W. June 17, 2023 (8:30 am)

    Can someone please explain to me, in words of one and two syllables, exactly how and why any random bird, squirrel or other little critter can so easily destroy a City Light transformer? As far as I know, this does not happen to the huge long distance transmission lines out through the Cascades forests, only to the City Light transformers here in town.

  • WiseWoman June 18, 2023 (12:19 pm)

    Good Question. This light has had outage twice in the last week. There is construction at Genesee and 42nd so who knows. 

  • Another idea June 18, 2023 (9:11 pm)

    Two concrete banisters with the names would keep them up out of the king tide floods. One on each sode of the staircase. 

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