power outages

Winter storm
6:54 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Power crews work around the clock to restore electricity

Puget Sound Energy crews worked to restore power near Dash Point Road and Redondo Way in Federal Way on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.
Paula Wissel

Puget Sound Energy  crews working to restore power say they haven't slept much.  On Tuesday afternoon, Rob Brackman, who was redirecting traffic while other workers strung new power lines near Dash Point Road and Redondo Way, said he'd  had just 15 hours of sleep since Friday morning.  But, he says he's been overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.

"We get a lot of joyous people when we get into their neighborhood. They're so happy to see us. People have been bringing us coffee and donuts. It's been very nice," he said.

Winter Storm
5:45 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Utility crews struggling to keep up with ice storm

Upwards of 250,000 homes served by Puget Sound Energy are without power – and some of the outages are expected to last a long as 4 days. Two of the region's other utilities were also reporting outages, bringing the total to about 280,000.

The ice storm is causing road closures and power outages all over the region.

Pierce, Thurston and Northeast King County are hardest hit.

As wet snow melts and then re-freezes, its weight is breaking tree limbs near roads or pulling entire trees out of the ground.

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Food for Thought
4:18 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Cooking in a power outage

This little propane grill and a canister of propane cost about $25 and are widely available. The backyard (or, in this case, back porch) cooking option is a handy alternative in a power outage.
Gary Davis/KPLU

A lot of folks around these parts lately have become experts at cooking during a power outage. A listener asked Nancy and Dick to offer their own tips on making do when the juice shuts off.  

This week's Food for Thought makes sure your covered when the lights go out. 

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Power Outages
1:33 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

The lights are on again at Northgate Mall

Lyn McCracken, Seattle City Light

A fallen tree knocked out power to Northgate Mall and 3,000 homes and business at noon today.    Power was restored to the mall and all but a handful of homes by 1 p.m.  You can track outages at City Light's system status website.

Other News
12:57 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Most lights on again across San Juan Islands

View of the San Juan Islands from Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island. The power outage that hit Monday morning is expected to be repaired by 2:30 this afternoon.

KPLU Staff update at 4:32 pm, Monday

The light are on again for more than 9,000 Orcas Power and Light customers in the San Juan Islands. A late morning outage was caused by a problem at a substation operated by the Bonneville Power Administration.

In a short statement from Orcas Power and Light's website:


Power has been restored to all members with the exception of scattered areas of San Juan Island. Outage was caused by equipment failure at the BPA transmission station. 

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News Roundup
6:34 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Madie Baker's snowball disintegrates as she throws it at a friend in a downtown park Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, in Seattle.
AP photo/Elaine Thompson

Power outages continue for thousands, Seattle Mayor wants snow response review, and a dedication to the memory of the fallen Lakewood police officers.

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Winter Weather
4:23 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Kitsap County power outages continue

This downed powerline in Bremerton was still live when this photo was shot by reporter Josh Farley Tuesday and shared on Twitter.of the Kitsap Sun

Updated 5:30 am, Wed.

More than 39,000 Puget Sound Energy customers are still without power after Monday's snow and winds toppled main transmission lines. PSE reports  most were in Kitsap County. That's where main transmission lines were brought down by trees and strong winds.

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News Roundup
7:11 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

A blanket of snow and ice on the roads is forcing many to stay home Tuesday. Schools are closed, as buses aren't able to navigate side streets, like this one in Renton.

Sunshine for the deep freeze, winds cause power outages, and roads remain a mess. 

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Wind Storm
6:22 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Wind causes power outages, some school closures

A surprisingly strong windstorm blew through the state, leaving hundreds of thousands without power, and closing or delaying school openings on Tuesday. This street in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood is covered with autumn's colors.
Gary Davis/KPLU

The strong windstorm that blew through western Washington yesterday has left more than 200,000 homes without power. Line crews are on the job this morning throughout the south and central Puget Sound.

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