Snohomish County PUD declared an emergency early Tuesday evening after a “huge windblast” knocked power out to approximately 150,000 customers across Snohomish County, PUD spokesman Bob Bolerjack said.
Bolerjack said he didn’t have exact figures of how many customers were out in specific cities or neighborhoods, but added that crews were at work to restore transmission lines, so that substations could be brought back on line. Customers are encouraged to monitor the Snohomish County PUD Facebook page for regular updates, Bolerjack said.
Later in the evening, PUD said on its Facebook page that Tuesday’s windstorm “has the potential to be among the most damaging the PUD has on record. Nine transmission lines are out affecting customers throughout our service territory.” A total of 34 PUD crews and 10 contract crews were in the field repairing the damage, the utility said.
My Edmonds News received reports of power out in downtown Edmonds, along the waterfront and in the Maplewood and Seaview neighborhoods, plus along 196th Street Southwest from Edmonds to Highway 99. The Edmonds City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday night also was canceled. While the Council Chambers — located inside the Public Safety Complex — had power, there was no power in the surrounding area and the meeting was canceled to ensure everyone’s safety, Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling said.
Edmonds police said via Twitter that officers were dealing with downed power lines, tress on cars/houses and trees on power lines. “Most of city without power. Be patient and safe.”
The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce issued a notice to members that its Wednesday networking breakfast would be canceled since the venue — Fairwinds-Brighton Court — “has lost power and is unsure if they can accommodate our regular meeting.”
Washington State Ferries temporarily canceled all Edmonds-Kingston route ferries Tuesday night due to high winds, but restored them with the 9:40 p.m. Kingston-Edmonds run. And Sound Transit ended its 5:05 and 5:30 p.m. Seattle-Everett train departures in Edmonds due to water over the tracks north of Edmonds Station. Buses were sent to pick up passengers at Edmonds to take them to Mukilteo and Everett, Sound Transit said.
Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood was without power and canceled all Tuesday night classes and activities.