UPDATE: | A growing number of customers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are without power today as freezing rain and snow toppled trees and branches around the area, hitting or severing power lines.

UPDATE: | A growing number of customers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are without power today as freezing rain and snow toppled trees and branches around the area, hitting or severing power lines.

More than 230,000 customers of Puget Sound Energy alone were without electrical service as of 4 p.m., according to a PSE Twitter feed. Crews are responding to outages in 560 locations.

PSE also acknowledged, via Twitter, that customers are having trouble getting through to customer service via phone or web. Instead, they advise customers to email them at customercare@pse.com or by posting to their Facebook page.

Puget Sound Energy officials say they have sought the help of more than 140 power crews from other parts of the country to help restore power to the area. Repairs might not be completed until some point this weekend.

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Nearly 7,000 Seattle City Light customers are or were without power, the bulk being in unincorporated King County near Bryn-Mawr, Skyway and Renton. Crews expect to have power back up by 2 p.m., said Scott Thomsen, spokesman for Seattle City Light.

In Snohomish County, more than 5,100 residents were without power at noon, said Mike Thorne, spokesman for Snohomish County PUD. An updated figure is expected at 1 p.m.

The numbers don’t include the Tacoma area, where an estimated 5,200 customers were without power just before noon, according to Tacoma Power spokeswoman Chris Gleason. She expects the figure to increase, however, because of ice build up on the power lines.