Alerts and advisories

Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 – 4:00 p.m.

Restoration efforts continue

Since Monday, crews have worked to restored power to more than 75,000 customers across our service area.

With the exception of the Skykomish-Baring area, the system has been restored to normal operating conditions.

Crews worked through the night and today and are making progress in restoring power to the substation serving the Skykomish-Baring area. We anticipate that power to some customers in the Skykomish-Baring area will be restored by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17.

Our crews have focused on repairing the transmission lines that serve the substation; however, small pockets of customers may remain without power for another few days due to damage on the distribution lines serving their neighborhood. Crews will go neighborhood by neighborhood to fix these outages.

We currently estimate that some Skykomish-Baring area customers affected by the smaller outages may be without power for another few days. As we know more, we’ll provide updates via our outage map at pse.com.

Crews are working around-the-clock to restore power. With much of the damage now assessed, supplies and resources mobilized, and weather clearing, we hope to continue making good progress on our restoration efforts. However, the National Weather Service is now predicting a winter storm overnight that could impede our progress.

We have coordinated the installation of generators at two grocery stores, one in Skykomish and the other in Baring, the gas station in Skykomish and at the Skykomish Masonic Hall.

PSE’s Community Outreach team delivered needed supplies to the community of Skykomish-Baring—bringing water, propane, emergency supplies and food to help residents through this extended outage. We were also on-site in the community to answer questions about our restoration efforts. This assistance was coordinated with the Mayor and Skykomish Fire Department.

Throughout the week, difficult challenges have been presented in the Skykomish-Baring area, ranging from heavy snowfall, limited visibility, falling trees causing repeated damage, and road closures along US Highway 2. For the past few days, we have cleared roads, downed trees and train tracks, side-by-side with WSDOT, King County and City of Skykomish officials.

We will continue to have our tree crews available to support WSDOT, King County and the City of Skykomish with tree clearing needs.

We’re also closely watching the forecast as the National Weather Service has issued:

  • A Winter Storm Warning for the Skykomish-Baring area this evening from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, January 18.
  • A Wind Advisory for Western Whatcom and Skagit Counties and Whidbey Island this evening from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, January 18.
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    Alerts and advisories

    Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 – 10:30 a.m.

    Restoration efforts continue

    Since Monday, crews have worked to restored power to more than 75,000 customers across our service area.

    With the exception of the Skykomish-Baring area, the system has been restored to normal operating conditions.

    Skykomish-Baring has presented difficult challenges, ranging from heavy snowfall, limited visibility, falling trees causing repeated damage, and road closures along US Highway 2. For the past few days, we have cleared roads, downed trees and train tracks, side-by-side with WSDOT, King County and City of Skykomish officials. We currently estimate that some customers may be without power for another 4-6 days.

    Crews will continue working around-the-clock to restore power in the Skykomish-Baring area. With much of the damage now assessed, supplies and resources mobilized, and weather expected to clear today, we hope to continue making good progress on our restoration efforts. However, damage is significant and as we know more, we'll provide updates.

    PSE’s Community Outreach team will continue to deliver needed supplies to the community of Skykomish-Baring—bringing water, propane, emergency supplies and food to help residents through this extended outage. This assistance is being coordinated with the Mayor and Skykomish Fire Department.

    We are coordinating the supply of generators to two grocery stores, one in Skykomish and the other in Baring. We are working to get consent from store owners, which will be needed before hooking up the generators.

    We're delivering all materials for repairs in Skykomish-Baring, as well as Sno-Cats and lighting to enable crews to work throughout the night and reduce the overall duration of the outage.

    We will continue to have our tree crews available to support WSDOT, King County and the City of Skykomish with tree clearing needs.


    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 – 11 p.m.

    Responding to outages caused by damaging high winds

    Wednesday night, crews continue to respond to outages across our service area as a result of ongoing windy and snowy weather. Winds, coupled with trees weighed down by wet, heavy snow, have caused branches and limbs to snap and fall into power lines.

    While most High Wind Warnings expired at 10 p.m., Wind Advisories remain in effect in parts of our service area through Thursday’s early morning hours. Hardest hit areas include Whatcom, Skagit and King counties, as well as the Olympia and Skykomish/Baring areas.

    Crews have been working around the clock repairing damage and restoring power from earlier snow storms. Since Monday, we’ve restored power to more than 75,000 customers across our service area. We’ve brought in additional crews from neighboring utilities to provide relief and assistance for teams who have worked considerable hours over the past week. We will continue to work around the clock until power is restored to all customers.

    While crews have made significant progress restoring power from outages caused by this week’s storms, impassable road conditions, accumulations of snow and ice, and ongoing tree damage are slowing response efforts in some areas, including the Skykomish/Baring area, where a substation is still out.

    Restoration efforts in Skykomish and Baring have been hindered from the beginning of the storm due to continuously falling trees causing repeated damage, road closures along US Highway 2, limited visibility and heavy snowfall creating access issues.

    Crews have been working in the Skykomish/Baring area 24/7—strong progress was made overnight Tuesday with crews assisting WSDOT with clearing trees along US Highway 2. Our North King County storm base has mobilized multiple crews to assist with work in the area, and helicopter patrol was completed earlier today to assess damage.

    Our damage assessment has uncovered significant damage to the transmission, substation and distribution equipment in the area, and we expect customers to be without power for several more days. We know how difficult it is to be without power for an extended period of time – especially with cold temperatures and access issues.

    We just completed a coordination call with WSDOT, King County, and City of Skykomish officials to facilitate response efforts in the area, collaborating on restoring power, clearing roads and getting resources to our customers.

    Earlier today, PSE’s Community Outreach team delivered needed supplies to Skykomish—bringing water, propane, gasoline for generators and food to help residents through this extended outage, and we will be partnering with the City on additional needs for the community.

    We appreciate your patience as our crews work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to all of our customers.

    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 – 1 p.m.

    Responding to outages and preparing for high winds

    Along with continuing winter weather, the National Weather Service has issued High Wind Warnings through this evening for locations around our service area, including North Bend, Enumclaw, Gold Bar, Black Diamond and Woodinville. Strong winds are also expected in Whatcom, Skagit and Pierce counties and Whidbey Island. Gusts of up to 60 mph are forecasted in these areas.

    The forecasted high winds, paired with trees, tree limbs and branches weighed down with wet heavy snow from earlier in the week, have the potential to cause widespread outages as these can snap and fall into power lines and damage equipment.

    As crews have been working around the clock repairing damage and restoring power from earlier storms, teams from across PSE have been preparing to respond to potential new outages caused by the forecasted winds—planning and assigning resources, staging equipment and materials and readying support staff. We’ve also brought in additional crews from neighboring utilities who are ready to provide relief and assistance for teams who have worked considerable hours over the past week.

    While crews have made significant progress restoring power from outages caused by this week’s storms, impassable road conditions, accumulations of snow and ice, and ongoing tree damage are slowing response efforts in some areas, including Skykomish, where a substation is still out.

    Restoration efforts in Skykomish have been hindered from the beginning of the storm due to continuously falling trees causing repeated damage, road closures along US Highway 2, limited visibility and heavy snowfall creating access issues.

    Crews have been working in Skykomish 24/7—strong progress was made overnight with crews assisting WSDOT with clearing trees along US Highway 2. With weather clearing today, we expect to make significant progress on restoration. Our North King County storm base has mobilized multiple crews to assist with work in the area, including a helicopter patrol and a coordinated rail patrol in collaboration with BNSF Railway to assess damage. Following these patrols we will know the full extent of repairs needed.

    Teams from PSE will be delivering needed supplies to the community of Skykomish this afternoon—bringing water, propane, gasoline for generators and food to help residents through this extended outage. This assistance is being coordinated with the Skykomish Fire Department.

    We know it’s difficult to be without power, especially with freezing temperatures. We appreciate your patience as our crews work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power.

    Safety during winter storms:

    • Do not use a charcoal or 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 build-up 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.

    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 – 8 a.m.

    Responding to outages and preparing for high winds

    Along with continuing winter weather, the National Weather Service has issued High Wind Warnings through this evening for locations around our service area, including North Bend, Enumclaw, Gold Bar, Black Diamond and Woodinville. Strong winds are also expected in Whatcom, Skagit and Pierce counties and Whidbey Island. Gusts of up to 60 mph are forecasted in these areas.

    The forecasted high winds, paired with trees, tree limbs and branches weighed down with wet heavy snow from earlier in the week, have the potential to cause widespread outages as these can snap and fall into power lines and damage equipment.

    As crews have been working around the clock repairing damage and restoring power from earlier storms, teams from across PSE have been preparing to respond to potential new outages caused by the forecasted winds—planning and assigning resources, staging equipment and materials and readying support staff. We’ve also brought in additional crews from neighboring utilities who are ready to provide relief and assistance for teams who have worked considerable hours over the past week.

    We know it’s difficult to be without power, especially with freezing temperatures. We appreciate your patience as our crews work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power.

    Safety during winter storms:

    • Do not use a charcoal or 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 build-up 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.

    Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 – 1 p.m.

    Responding to outages

    We’re seeing continued power outages due to heavy snow weighing down trees and power lines. Crews are making progress on repairing damage and restoring power, however, dangerous or impassable road conditions and accumulations of snow and ice are slowing response efforts in some areas.

    We are closely watching the weather as the National Weather Service is forecasting additional snow this evening and strong winds with gusts up to 60 mph Wednesday and into Thursday across the Cascades, Cascade Foothills and east Puget Sound lowlands, potentially causing widespread outages.

    Teams from across PSE are preparing now to respond to new outages as they occur and as it is safe to do so, by planning and assigning resources, equipment and materials, and readying support staff.

    We know it’s difficult to be without power, especially with freezing temperatures. We appreciate your patience as our crews work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power.

    Safety during winter storms:

    • Do not use a charcoal or 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 build-up 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.

    Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 – 7 a.m.

    Responding to outages

    Winter weather continues across much of Western Washington, causing power outages around our service area. We are closely monitoring this week’s forecast as the National Weather Service predicts strong winds with gusts up to 60 mph in our region, along with additional snow and sub-freezing temperatures.

    Our crews are responding to outages as it is safe to do so. Dangerous or impassable road conditions and accumulations of snow and ice can slow response efforts.

    We know it’s difficult to be without power, especially with freezing temperatures. We appreciate your patience as our crews work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power.

    Safety during winter storms:

    • Do not use a charcoal or 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 build-up 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.

    Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 – 7 a.m.

    Responding to outages

    Winter weather has hit much of Western Washington, causing power outages around our service area. While the National Weather Service reports that snow showers are diminishing across the region, sub-freezing temperatures are forecasted through the rest of the week.

    Our crews are responding to outages as it is safe to do so. Dangerous road conditions and accumulations of snow can slow response efforts.

    We know it’s difficult to be without power, especially with freezing temperatures. We appreciate your patience as our crews work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power.

    We prepare our electric system for storms year-round, including trimming trees and completing electric reliability projects to strengthen our system.

    As we prepare for storm conditions, we encourage our customers to do the same:

    • Make sure to have emergency supplies on hand at home and in your vehicle, such as extra batteries, flashlights and food
    • Have a battery-powered radio ready to go
    • Charge cell phones and mobile devices in case the power goes out
    • Avoid opening and closing refrigerators and freezers more often than necessary. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for up to 12 hours.
    • Turn off lights and unplug all appliances and sensitive electronic equipment, such as computers, to prevent an overload on your circuits when electric service is restored. Leave one light on to let you know when service returns.
    • Download the myPSE app to track and report outages, check status and get estimated restoration times, or visit pse.com/outagemap

    Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 – 4 p.m.

    Ready to respond

    Freezing weather is on the way over the weekend across Western Washington. The National Weather Service predicts that the Arctic front will move south into our service area on Sunday night, setting up sub-freezing temperatures and the possibility of snow through next week.

    We are closely watching the forecast and are preparing for potential power outages in our service area. Our crews are ready to deploy with assignments when outages occur and as soon as it’s safe to do so.

    We prepare our electric system for storms year-round, including trimming trees and completing electric reliability projects to strengthen our system.

    As we prepare for storm conditions, we encourage our customers to do the same:

    • Make sure to have emergency supplies on hand at home and in your vehicle, such as extra batteries, flashlights and food
    • Have a battery-powered radio ready to go
    • Charge cell phones and mobile devices in case the power goes out
    • Avoid opening and closing refrigerators and freezers more often than necessary. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for up to 12 hours.
    • Turn off lights and unplug all appliances and sensitive electronic equipment, such as computers, to prevent an overload on your circuits when electric service is restored. Leave one light on to let you know when service returns.
    • Download the myPSE app to track and report outages, check status and get estimated restoration times, or visit pse.com/outagemap

    Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 – 8 a.m.

    Ready to respond

    A High Wind Warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect today, Friday, Jan. 10, through 1 p.m., for locations in our service area including Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Sedro-Woolley and Burlington. Strong southerly winds are forecasted, with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts of 50 to 60 mph possible in some areas.

    We are closely watching the forecast and are preparing for potential power outages in our service area. We are also closely monitoring forecasts for snow and cold weather next week. Our crews are ready to deploy with assignments when outages occur and as soon as it’s safe to do so.

    We prepare our electric system for storms year-round, including trimming trees and completing electric reliability projects to strengthen our system.

    As we prepare for storm conditions, we encourage our customers to do the same:

    • Make sure to have emergency supplies on hand at home and in your vehicle, such as extra batteries, flashlights and food
    • Have a battery-powered radio ready to go
    • Charge cell phones and mobile devices in case the power goes out
    • Avoid opening and closing refrigerators and freezers more often than necessary. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for up to 12 hours.
    • Turn off lights and unplug all appliances and sensitive electronic equipment, such as computers, to prevent an overload on your circuits when electric service is restored. Leave one light on to let you know when service returns.
    • Download the myPSE app to track and report outages, check status and get estimated restoration times, or visit pse.com/outagemap

Safety first

  • Never touch downed power lines because they might be energized. Stay at least 35 feet away from any downed line and call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.
  • 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.
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