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65,000 people affected by power outage on Key Peninsula

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Oct. 21, 2010 at 5:27 pm with 1 Comment »
October 21, 2010 6:48 pm

A widespread power outage has plunged 65,000 people on the Key Peninsula into darkness.

About 4:35 p.m., a logging truck took out two transmission lines at Tacoma Power’s Cushman Generation Project.

Spokeswoman Sonja Hall said power should be restored by 8 p.m.

The affected transmission lines may belong to Tacoma Power but they serve customers of Peninsula Light Co.

All eight of Pen Light’s substations are black. The outage is impacting 31,000 meters and 65,000 customers, said Peninsula Light spokesman Jonathan White.

Traffic is severely backed up across Gig Harbor since the traffic signals are not working. Several collisions have been reported, said Pierce County spokesman Ed Troyer.

Thomas Haley, a server at Tanglewood Grill, was sent by his boss to Pen Light’s headquarters to determine what the problem was.

He said there were a decent amount of people at Tanglewood Grill even without power.

“We’re using flashlights for people to use the bathroom right now,” Haley said. “The only thing we can serve is alcohol and that’s going pretty well.”

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  1. sigafoos1337 says:

    There was a transmission system problem in Tacoma. Power should be back online at about 6:30pm

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