Windstorm Outage Update – Jan. 13

4:30 p.m. Update: Crews continue to make significant progress on today’s outages. Power was restored to approximately 68,000 customers. 6,100 customers remain without service.

For updates, please visit our outage map: seattle.gov/light/outage.

Seattle City Light crews continue to respond to several outages throughout our service territory from last night’s windstorm. High winds and saturated soil triggered heavy trees and branches to land on power lines, resulting in more than 120 individual outages and 74,000 customers without power. Impacts were greater south of the Ship Canal, with 15 feeders damaged in the south end vs. five feeders in the north end.

As of 12:20 p.m., crews had restored power to over 41,000 customers and approximately 33,000 remain without service. They’ll continue to work throughout the day to bring power back to affected customers.

During large, widespread outage events, City Light focuses first on addressing life safety incidents and restoring power for emergency services, such as hospitals. Crews then focus on repairs that will bring the largest number of customers back online. Restoration times will vary based on the outage incident and severity (e.g., if crews need to wait for a tree to be removed in order to safely make repairs).

Learn more about City Light’s process for restoring power to customers.

Customers can track the status of their outage by visiting our online outage map at seattle.gov/light/outage. With widespread outages, there may be lags updating restoration times on the outage map as crews focus on assessing damage and making repairs. We appreciate your patience as crews work to bring you back in service.

Tips:

  • Assume any downed wire is energized. Stay at least 35 feet away and call 911.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning: do not bring BBQs or propane heaters indoors; only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Disconnect electronics to avoid damage from potential electrical surges.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer closed.

For additional outage preparedness tips, please visit the following links: