High winds knocked out power to some PSE and Seattle City Light customers, with a wind advisory in effect until 10 a.m. Friday.
High winds brought scattered power outages throughout the Puget Sound region Friday morning.
Puget Sound Energy had about 4,000 customers without power in an area spread broadly across the region, from Tacoma in the south to Bellingham in the north during the storm’s peak. Seattle City Light was also reported two outages — near Edmonds and Lake Forest Park — affecting about 250 customers.
By 10:30 a.m., power had been restored to all bout a couple dozen customers of the utilities.
On Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory, warning of sustained winds as high as 35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. That advisory remained in effect Friday morning, until 10 a.m., but the weather service downgraded its estimates.
Friday morning commuters encountered sustained winds between 20 and 30 mph and gusts up to 40 mph, said Art Gabel, a weather-service meteorologist.
“It shouldn’t be too bad once the wind dies down later this morning,” Gabel said. “Just some scattered showers later.”
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The largest power outage appeared to be in the Duvall area, where more than 1,300 customers were without power, according to PSE.
There was also outages on the Kitsap Peninsula, around Southworth and Bremerton, with about 1,000 customers affected.
Meanwhile, the state Department of Transportation has closed Highway 2 over Stevens Pass due to increased avalanche danger. Eastbound traffic is stopped at milepost 58 at Scenic and westbound traffic is stopped at milepost 64, the summit of Stevens Pass. It will likely remain in effect throughout the day.
No reopening time has yet been estimated, officials said.