The first storm of the season brought damaging winds and continuing rain through Western Washington, causing power outages around our service area. Gusty winds overnight toppled leaf-heavy trees – which were already weakened by the dry summer heat – causing extensive damage to the electrical system across the Puget Sound region.
Currently there are 39,731 customers without power and 114,500 customers have been restored since the beginning of this storm.
With the winds decreasing, our crews are steadily making progress in safely assessing damage and making repairs to equipment. Our Emergency Coordination Center and local storm bases remain open to coordinate restoration efforts.
Our first step in restoring power is damage assessment: getting a look at what’s been done to the system and determining the extent of repairs that are needed. Once that work is complete, we can better estimate the time for repairs and provide estimated restoration times. This process takes time, especially when access remains an issue due to unsafe weather conditions.
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