UPDATE: At 10:30 p.m., PSE had fewer than 3,000 customers without power, according to spokesman Roger Thompson.
By shortly after 5 p.m Wednesday, Puget Sound Energy was down to about 10,000 homes and businesses without power in Western Washington. And most should have power by daybreak, officials said.
Utility spokesman Roger Thompson said crews had hoped to have everyone’s power restored Wednesday, but high winds early in the day knocked out power to some 38,000 customers, many of them in Kitsap and in Skagit counties.
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“We hope we’re writing the final chapter on this thing now,” Thompson said, noting that since the succession of storms began early last week, some 460,000 of the utility’s 1.1 million electrical customers lost power.
Many of the remaining homes without power Wednesday evening were in the Black Lake area on the west edge of Olympia, with other scattered around the Puget Sound area.
Puget Sound Energy customers who do not have power yet are asked to call the utility’s customer-service line, 1-888-225-5773.