***Puget Sound Energy Updates***
Damage assessment and restoration efforts begin
Strong winds and heavy snow continue to move through the Puget Sound region on Friday causing power outages. Crews worked through the night to restore power to customers impacted by the winter storm.
Snow and winds are expected to continue today. The National Weather Service’s winter storm warning is on until 4 p.m. today for most of our service area, with snow and wind gusts up to 40 mph. Up in the northern region, the winter weather advisory extends until 4 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 with snow and strong winds expected with speeds up to 50-60 mph.
The winter storm is causing widespread outages around our service area, with the heaviest damage in Thurston, Kitsap, and Whatcom Counties and Vashon Island. As of 11:30 a.m., there are approximately 50,000 customers without power.
We’ve opened our Emergency Coordination Center and local storm bases to coordinate restoration efforts. We are prepared with the equipment and materials needed for the type of outages caused by wind and heavy snow.
While we’ve pre-positioned crews and materials, conditions are difficult for crews. Road conditions are slowing crews and there’s a lot of heavy snow and crews are finding a lot of limbs, branches and even entire trees down due to the weight of the snow.
We know it’s difficult to be without power, especially on cold winter days, and are working as quickly as we can to assess damage and begin making repairs—with safety as our top priority.
Our first step in restoring power and determining estimated restoration times is damage assessment: getting a look at what’s been done to the system and figuring out the extent of repairs needed. This process takes time, especially if damage is severe and widespread. Unsafe conditions can slow these efforts.
As damage assessment and field work continues today, estimated restoration times will be updated as they are available on our outage map at pse.com/outagemap and the myPSE app. We know customers need this information to make plans and regular updates will be posted as crews make their assessments and start repairs
- Never touch or go within 35 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized. Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.
- Do not use a charcoal or gas grill to cook indoors. Never use a natural gas range for heating, or charcoal as an indoor heating source. This can cause a buildup of poisonous carbon monoxide gas.
- If you choose to use a portable home generator, read the manufacturer’s instructions for the safe operation of the generator. Do not operate generators indoors or in enclosed spaces to avoid the build up of carbon monoxide.
- If you’re using portable heaters, keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.
- Always use flashlights instead of candles.
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