Thousands of customers remain without electricity in an outage that hit more than 18,000 homes and businesses late Saturday afternoon in Bothell, Kenmore, Redmond and Woodinville.

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Puget Sound Energy reports that it fixed a damaged electric line around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, resolving an outage that kept 18,000 homes and businesses dark all evening in northeast King County.

In north Bothell, power has returned at The Seattle Times production plant, managers said. So the Sunday morning newspaper will be printed there, but may arrive late to subscribers.

The outage happened around 5:15 p.m, when a tree hit a high-elevation power line where Willows Road Northeast meets Northeast 124th Street, said Jennifer Gonzales, marketing manager for PSE. A crossbar supporting aerial power lines was broken, she said.

Four substations were cut off, affecting Bothell residential areas and some traffic signals, virtually all of Kenmore, the Totem Lake section of Kirkland, the University of Washington Bothell campus, and business parks in the North Creek area.

Gonzales said crews intended to restore power to the affected areas all at once, by fixing the crossbar and wire. There might also be some switching to send energy into affected zones using other lines, she said.

PSE didn’t explain Saturday night how a tree would cause such havoc on a calm, clear afternoon, and Gonzales said the cause is being investigated.