Falling Trees During Windstorm Caused Greatest Damage
SEATTLE – Seattle City Light crews restored power by 8:30 p.m. Monday to all 11,000 homes and businesses that were affected by power outages from a morning wind storm.
Sustained winds of up to 40 mph with gusts approaching 60 mph knocked down trees, which fell into power lines breaking poles, wires and transformers.
The hardest hit areas were Tukwila, Rainier Beach and Beacon Hill.
Repair crews worked through the day restoring service. They had 7,000 customers back in service by 9 a.m. and 2,400 more back to power by 2 p.m. before restoring the final customers by 8:30 p.m.
Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.