Thousands remain without power in Puget Sound on Thursday afternoon as utility company crews worked through the night and all day to restore downed lines after a powerful windstorm early Wednesday left more than a half million in the dark.
As of 3 a.m. Thursday, Puget Sound Energy reported that the power was back on for more than 341,000 customers but 80,000 were without power.
The remaining outages, in the hundreds by 6 a.m., were being restored in small batches, said Puget Sound Energy.
“Many of the remaining outages are impacting small pockets of customers, resulting from extensive damage that requires time-consuming repairs. Crews are going neighborhood by neighborhood to restore service to smaller groups of customers, bringing power back on to 5, 10 or 20 customers at a time,” PSE said on its outage page.
In Seattle, more than 1,600 customers remained without power Thursday morning. By 6 p.m., Seattle City Light reported 1,287 remaining outages.
“Except for a handful of events impacting up to 100 customers, currently the majority of the 200 separate outages impact one or two customers,” Seattle City Light said in a Thursday evening statement. “With so many individual events spread throughout the service area, it takes more time to respond to and repair each one.”
In Snohomish County, about 15,000 customers remained without power on Thursday afternoon. By evening, about 11,800 outages remained.
Like the others, the utility district said it would be working full time on getting customers back online.
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