Alerts and advisories

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 – midnight

Restoration efforts continue

We’ve made significant progress repairing damage and restoring outages from Sunday’s powerful windstorm. As of midnight, power has been restored to 336,000 customers. We know that long outages during cold weather are frustrating, but know we are doing all we can restore power as quickly and as safely as we can. We appreciate your continued patience.

The National Weather Service has also issued a wind advisory for the Central and North Coasts, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. Possible affected locations in our service area include Oak Harbor, Friday Harbor, Bellingham and Anacortes. As with the wind advisory issued earlier for the east Puget Sound area, we are monitoring the weather closely and our crews are ready to respond if new outages occur and as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Power has been restored to many customers today. However, due to extensive wind and tree damage in some areas, there may be some customers who remain without power through tomorrow. We have dedicated resources on the ground working to rebuild the damaged parts of the system.

  • We estimate that most customers without power in North King County (north of I-90) will have power restored by 3 p.m. on January 9. Most will be restored sooner.
  • We estimate that most customers without power in South King County (south of I-90) will be restored by 4 p.m. on January 9. Most will be restored sooner.
  • We estimate that most customers without power in Pierce County will have power restored by 5 p.m. on January 9. Most will be restored sooner.

Crews are now going neighborhood by neighborhood to restore electric service from Sunday’s storm. This process can be time consuming as power is restored in much smaller numbers, such as to 5, 10 or 20 customers at a time.

Even if you don’t see a crew in your neighborhood, crews are likely working on another part of the system that needs repairs before your power can be restored. Additionally, if your neighbor has lights on while you’re still in the dark, your area might be served by a different circuit which is still in the process of being bought back online.

We have nearly 100 crews working in the field and hundreds of support staff assisting with restoration efforts. As crews finish work in one area, they are assigned to repair damage in another. Our crews are also working with teams from out of state and British Columbia, as well as local resources.

As repairs continue, estimated restoration times will be updated on our outage map at and the myPSE app. These are estimates only. We know you need this information to make plans, and regular updates will be posted as we have new information.

The best way to follow the status of an outage is by checking our outage map at and the myPSE app. To report and track power outages online visit:

Please be advised that at this time, we are not sending any outage status updates via text, email or calls. We are working to repair issues our notification system and we will let you know once these are functioning again.

Repair SE 196th Dr and Petrovisky Rd in Renton

Visit PSE on Flickr for images of storm
damage and repairs.

As temperatures cool tonight, we encourage you to stay safe:

  • Do not use charcoal or a gas grill to cook indoors.
    Never use a natural gas range for heating, or charcoal as an indoor heating source.
    This can cause a buildup of poisonous carbon monoxide gas.
  • If you choose to use a portable home generator, read the manufacturer’s instructions for the safe operation of the generator.
    Do not operate generators indoors or in enclosed spaces to avoid the buildup of carbon monoxide.
  • If you’re using portable heaters, keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials
  • Always use flashlights instead of candles.
  • Never touch or go within 35 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized.
    Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.
  • There is also a list of warming centers available at Voice of the Valley: