The Green River College facilities team was busy removing a few downed trees from Sunday’s windstorm. Classes went on as scheduled Monday at the Auburn campus. COURTESY PHOTO, GRC

The Green River College facilities team was busy removing a few downed trees from Sunday’s windstorm. Classes went on as scheduled Monday at the Auburn campus. COURTESY PHOTO, GRC

PSE working to restore power to area residents following fierce windstorm

  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019 2:49pm
  • News

Puget Sound Energy estimates its last customer in South King (south of I-90) and Pierce counties will be restored by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Wind and tree damage in these hard hit areas was significant, PSE said.

Crews worked overnight Monday to continue to restore power to customers impacted by Sunday’s damaging windstorm. As of 6 a.m. Monday, power had been restored to more than 318,000 customers.

There were approximately 2,000 PSE customers in Auburn without power early Monday morning. That number of outrages was down to about 490 early Tuesday.

Lake View Elementary was closed Monday due to power issues, the Auburn School District reported.

According to PSE, many of the remaining outages are due to damage to distribution lines and service lines – these are the power poles and lines that serve neighborhoods and lead to individual homes and properties. Crews are going neighborhood by neighborhood to restore electric service, which gets restored in much smaller numbers, such as to 5, 10 or 20 customers at a time.

A forceful windstorm moved through the Puget Sound region early Sunday, with gusts near 60 mph in some areas, causing widespread power outages in the area.

PSE crews worked through the night to assess damage, remove trees and debris, restoring power to more than 250,000 customers in the region.

Please be extra cautious when driving, treat all dark stoplights as four way stops, do not use candles, barbecues or generators inside the home, PSE and the City of Auburn Emergency Management remind residents.

Consider checking on neighbors and friends that may be without power.

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