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UPDATED: Power slowly being restored

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 16, 2010 at 5:46 am |
November 16, 2010 5:24 pm

Update 2: Tacoma Power said it is working to restore electricity to the last 400 customers who were affected by last night’s windstorm. All power is expected to be back on by 8 p.m., said spokeswoman Chris Gleason.

About 1,000 Peninsula Light customers remain in the dark and crews are expected to work overnight. It’s likely that between 250-500 people will remain without electricity until tomorrow.

Update: Tacoma Power reports that less than 1,000 customers are without power this afternoon.

“The utility will work to restore service to everyone by the end of the day,” a Tacoma Power news release said.

Earlier story: Thousands remain without electricity this morning after a major windstorm whipped through the region Monday night.

Tacoma Power reports that about 6,000 homes and businesses are still in the dark this morning, the utility reported just after 9 a.m. That’s down from 54,000 customers at the height of the outage. The outages are spread throughout the utility’s service area. If you are a Tacoma Power customer who still does not have power, call 253-502-8602.

Peninsula Light is working to restore power to about 4,500 customers this morning. That’s down from 5,600 customers a couple of hours ago. The utility warns that customers should expect to be without power for a majority of the day.

Puget Sound Energy reports that, as of 8:30 a.m., about 80,000 customers in Pierce, King and several other Western Washington counties are still in the dark this morning. The utility has already restored power to about 60,000 customers in 115 areas.  Puget Sound Energy has 52 4-person crews and 25 line crews working today. Crews hope to have the bulk of the outages fixed later today.

Pierce County Emergency Operations Center opened at 6 a.m.  to support the county and its jurisdictions as cleanup begins. Tacoma fire crews continue to respond to reports of downed power lines and trees this morning, spokesman Joe Meinecke said.

“We’re still busy,” he said.

The Fire Department responded to roughly 75 calls – most, if not all, weather-related – between 9 p.m. and midnight. There were no reports of major injuries and no significant fires, Meinecke said.

A boat house at the Narrows Marina got loose last night and smashed into a small dock.

As a reminder, Meinecke suggests people use flashlights – not candles – during power outages. In addition, BBQs should not be brought inside to cook on or keep warm.

The Starbucks on Center Street in Tacoma didn’t charge customers for their orders Tuesday morning because the store’s ordering and cash register systems weren’t working. Instead of closing for business, they filled orders for free.

Also, winds at Camp Muir on Mount Rainier reached a maximum speed of 111 mph, according to weather data collected at 11 p.m. Monday and were averaging 86 mph at that time.

Staff writers Jeff Mayor and Kathleen Cooper contributed to this report.

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