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Category: Power outage


UPDATED: Circuit break leaves more than 3,000 in Federal Way without power

A circuit break has left more than 3,000 people in Federal Way without electricity, according to Puget Sound Energy.

The agency announced the outage about 10:30 a.m. and said crews are heading out to make repairs.

It is currently affecting 3,303 customers in Federal Way and 326 customers in Poulsbo.

UPDATE as of 11:03 a.m.: Power has been restored to all homes and businesses in Federal Way, PSE says.


Storm causes power outages in Pierce, King counties

UPDATE as of 3:30 p.m. The 1100 block of Shaw Road is closed, and crews do not know when it will open.

A tree and power lines fell across cars in a parking lot at the west entrance to Green River Community College in Auburn, according to the school. Classes have been canceled due to a power outage. The Kent and Enumclaw campuses are running as scheduled.

INITIAL POST: This afternoon’s brief storm knocked power out to thousands of homes and businesses in Pierce and King counties.

Puget Sound Energy said a widespread outage was reported about 2 p.m.

It is affecting

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Power restored to Anderson Island after outage that started this afternoon

Power was cut to Anderson Island today from about 2:30 p.m. until roughly 7:45 p.m., according to Tanner Electric Cooperative.

The outage happened when some Puget Sound Energy service was affected on the mainland, according to Tanner.

Puget Sound Energy said about 6:30 p.m. that crews were removing a large tree from an overhead transmission line in Thurston County.

About 7,000 customers were affected by the Thurston outage, according to the agency.


Car wreck knocks out power to downtown Puyallup

Power remains out in much of downtown Puyallup this morning following an overnight car wreck, police reported.

A car slammed into a utility pole in the 400 block of 2nd Avenue Northeast about 1:30 a.m., severing the pole near its base, police said.

The driver suffered only  a minor injury, but power was knocked out to a large section of the northeast and northwest parts of the city.

Much of the power is still out this morning, including at many businesses and some schools, said police, who urged people to use caution when approaching intersections where traffic signals have been

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Wednesday outage causes traffic ‘nightmare’ in Lakewood

A power outage Wednesday night across Pierce County caused traffic gridlock throughout Lakewood as the city’s traffic signals dimmed, according to police.

Officers came in early for their shifts to help direct traffic, which came to a standstill as traffic lights went out during rush hour, police Lt. Chris Lawler said.

There were several accidents in the city during the outage, but no serious injuries, he said.

“More than anything else it was a traffic nightmare,” Lawler said.

The outage was caused by a pole fire that cut power to the Lakewood, Steilacoom, University Place, South Tacoma

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UPDATED: 30 in Lakewood still without power after pole fire

UPDATE as of 8:53 a.m.: The power is still out in 30 Lakewood households, TPU said.

Crews are continuing to work on restoring power.

“Hang in there, we’re doing our best!” the agency tweeted.

INITIAL POST: About 400 people in Lakewood are still without power this morning, according to Tacoma Public Utilities.

A pole fire caused outages for roughly 1,000 customers in Pierce County Wednesday night, and TPU crews worked through the night to restore electricity.

All power should be back on by 8 a.m., TPU reported.


UPDATED: Pole fire cause of power outage in Lakewood, Steilacoom, University Place, South Tacoma and JBLM areas

About 1,000 Lakewood residents face not having power restored tonight after a pole fire that caused power outages across Pierce County.

Tacoma Public Utilities crews are working to replace the damaged equipment and reroute power to restore service after the fire, which the agency reported about 5:30 p.m.

Power was lost in the Lakewood, Steilacoom, University Place, South Tacoma and Joint Base Lewis-McChord areas after the fire at 75th Street West and Bridgeport Way in Lakewood, TPU spokeswoman Chris Gleason said.

The cause of the fire and boundaries of the outage were still being determined.

People who live between 70th

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