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Posted on: January 7, 2019

Wind Storm Damage Assessment and Power Restoration Efforts Continue

Forwarded on behalf of Puget Sound Energy and Tanner Electric Cooperative 

Tanner Electric crews are currently in North Bend repairing circuits to the two remaining outages as of 1 p.m. today. These outages should be restored shortly.

PSE crews are working today and will be working around the clock to restore power to customers impacted by yesterday’s wind storm. As of 1 p.m., power has been restored to more than 250,000 customers and as of 1 p.m. Monday, approximately 30,000 customers are without power.

As crews finish work in one area, they are assigned to repair damage in another. Crews continue to make repairs to the transmission system and are also making repairs to the smaller, local power lines serving neighborhoods.

Damage is heaviest in Pierce and King counties. High winds and resulting tree damage have downed local power lines and poles and have also caused substation outages.

PSE restoration efforts will result in many customers continuing to see the lights back on today and tomorrow. However, due to the extensive system damage in some areas of Pierce and King counties, there may be some customers who could remain without power until mid-week.

The last customer without power in Thurston County is anticipated to be restored by 5 p.m. on January 9.

PSE also estimates that the last customer without power in North King County (north of 1-90) will have power restored by 3 p.m. on January 9.

The last customer in both South King (south of I-90) and Pierce counties should be restored by 4 p.m. on January 9. Wind and tree damage in these hard-hit areas was significant, and PSE has dedicated resources on the ground working to rebuild the damaged parts of the system.

The vast majority of customers will be restored sooner, and individual restoration times will be updated on pse.com/outagemap and the myPSE app as they are available.

Since yesterday, crews have repaired 14 of 32 damaged transmission line segments and restored 17 of 20 substations that were without power. The combination of transmission lines and substations is critical to powering up your homes and businesses.

PSE Emergency Coordination Center and local storm bases are open and coordinating restoration efforts. The company has also brought in additional crews from around the region to assist with restoration efforts.

If you are experiencing an outage, please be advised that you will not receive update notifications via text, email or calls. You can still report your outage online at pse.com/outagemap and the myPSE app.

PSE reports that they are working to repair issues with our restoration alert text, email and phone calls. For now, the best way to follow the status of an outage is by checking their outage map at pse.com/outagemap and the myPSE app.

For general outage information, see: pse.com/advisories

Things to remember in the event of a power outage:

o Never use a natural gas range for heating, or charcoal as an indoor heating or cooking source.

o If you’re using portable heaters, keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.

o Always use flashlights instead of candles.

Remember, safety first! Never touch or go within 30 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized. Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.

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