March Windstorm Rolls into Seattle

High winds knocked out power to Seattle residents and other outlying neighborhoods this morning.

Seattle City Light crews restored power to 6,000 customers and approximately 9,000 still remain without power. The impacted areas include: Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, North Seattle and Seattle’s Capitol Hill and Montlake neighborhood.

Seattle City Light wants you to be safe. Below are some tips on how to be safe and stay warm during an outage:

  • Use generators with care during a power outage. Never plug them in to your home circuitry. Instead, plug in appliances directly into the outlets on the generator. Most importantly, never use a portable generator indoors.
  • Downed power lines are extremely dangerous. If you come across any downed lines, stay at least 30 feet away and do not approach or touch anything in contact with the wire as it could be live.
  • If you experience a prolonged outage, be sure to turn off electrical appliances to prevent fires and equipment damage.
  • Try to retain as much heat as possible. Close windows, curtains, unused fireplace dampers, and dress in layers to conserve body heat.
  • Use hot water sparingly. Most hot water tanks will retain heat for up to 24 hours.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer closed as much as possible. A full refrigerator will maintain safe temperatures for up to 6 hours; a full freezer up to 2 days.

To report a power outage, call 206.684.3000 or 206.684.7400. For outage updates, please check the City Light outage map and follow City Light’s posts on Twitter and Facebook.

Large Windstorm Rolls Through Seattle

Winds and rain are kicking up this afternoon in Seattle and other outlying neighborhoods. Many customers could experience power outages from the windstorm.

If you experience an outage, call (206) 684-3000 to report it and visit the Seattle City Light outage map to follow updates on restoration work. City Light’s outage map is mobile friendly.

Seattle City Light wants you to be prepared. Below are some tips to stay safe and warm during an outage.

  • Try to retain as much heat as possible. Close windows, curtains, unused fireplace dampers, and dress in layers to conserve body heat.
  • Use hot water sparingly. Most hot water tanks will retain heat for up to 24 hours.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer closed as much as possible. A full refrigerator will maintain safe temperatures for up to 6 hours; a full freezer up to 2 days.
  • Use generators with care during a power outage. Never plug them in to your home circuitry. Instead, plug in appliances directly into the outlets on the generator. Most importantly, never use a portable generator indoors.
  • Downed power lines are extremely dangerous. If you come across any downed lines, stay at least 30 feet away and do not approach or touch anything in contact with the wire as it could be live.
  • If you experience a prolonged outage, be sure to turn off electrical appliances to prevent fires and equipment damage.

 

For further updates, follow City Light’s posts on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

Crews Restore Power to Most Customers Affected By Storm

Seattle City Light crews continue to work around the clock to restore service to customers affected by Saturday’s windstorm. At the peak of the storm, 58,000 customers were without power. By comparison, approximately 1,600 customers were out of power this afternoon.

In City Light’s service territory, the north end was the largest hit area, especially Lake Forest Park. This area experienced widespread damage from fallen trees, branches, leaves and other debris.

Crews restored power to the main feeder lines that provide power to thousands of customers and are now focused on the smaller power lines (lateral) that carry electricity to several hundreds of people at a time. This is often the most time consuming and more detailed work.

Seattle City Light expects storm-related outages to be fully restored by mid-day on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

To stay informed on the latest outage information, please visit: www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

Update on windstorm outages

Seattle City Light continues to see more outages from the wind, now up to at least 35,000 customers.

The utility prepared for this and has extra crews out in the field to spot problems and get them fixed as quickly and safely as possible.

When there are some reliable restoration times available, we will post to our Twitter and Facebook pages.

For updates, check our outage map at seattle.gov/light/sysstat

 

 

 

Seattle Fire Responses to Saturday Night Wind Storm

October 27–Saturday’s wind storm caused an increase in emergency responses by the Seattle Fire Department. We saw a 13% increase for the day over the previous Saturday.

Between 7 p.m. and midnight, the firefighters responded to 17 Automatic Fire Alarms or Alarm Bells ringing at business and residential buildings.

At 7:40 p.m. at 4700 Ravenna Ave NE we had the first report of a transformer fire. At 7:48 p.m. we had reported of energized wires down at 34th Av S / S Hinds St.  And then a flood of  weather related reports came pouring in.

The Seattle Fire Department had several crews working special events including at Husky Stadium. Firefighters were held on overtime to respond to the increase in emergency responses.

Here is a breakdown of the emergency calls we responded to between 7 p.m. Saturday night and 8 a.m Sunday morning.

 

Wires Down or arcing:

34th Av S / S Hinds St

922 20th Av E

800 Ne 106th St

3538 E Alder St

28th Av W / W Lynn St

346 Nw 82nd St

4407 Meridian Av N

8409 36th Av Ne

1601 4th Av N

7516 37th Av Sw

4203 Sw Hill St

7133 34th Av Sw

3556 Sw 110th St

30th Av S / S Chicago St

2608 17th Av S

4846 51st Av Sw

3743 Sw Ida St

21st Av Sw / Sw Brandon St

S Holgate Br

 

Power Pole on Fire:

N 55th St / Greenwood Av N

2701 S Walden St

 

Transformer or vault blown or  fire:

410 W Barrett St

57TH AV S / S BANGOR ST

8th Av Nw / Nw 46th St

 

Trees into houses at:

6023 S Roxbury St

5625 Sw Admiral Way

825 Hillside Dr E

28th Av W / W Lynn St

2846 S Portland St

 

Tree into car:

Beacon Av S / S Myrtle St

 

Tree onto person:

1st Av / Madison St

 

Tree Down:

420 W Armour St

4407 Meridian Av N

1601 4th Av N

550 36th Av E

3743 Sw Ida St

S Holgate Br

 

Elevator Rescues:

1915 2nd Av

914 E Jefferson St

708 6th Av N

1110 E Spring St

201 S King St

 

Awning, window or scaffolding down:

500 Pine St

6339 34th Av Sw

Western Av / Vine St