Update: Customers' Power Back on in Bellevue

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Update, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18: Puget Sound Energy is reporting that power has been restored to all customers in the Bellevue area. A service alert is currently not in effect.


Original story:

A wind storm was causing power outages across Western Washington on Monday, and power crews were responding across the region.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, Puget Sound Energy's power outage map showed more than 1,700 customers without power in parts of south and central Bellevue.

The largest chunk was in the Somerset, Newport and Hazelwood areas, overlapping into Newcastle, where 1,758 customers were without power early in the morning. That area serves 20,207 customers total. No estimate was available for power being restored.

Another 78 customers were out in a broad area that covers Factoria, Crossroads, Eastgate and Lake Hills. That area includes 51,066 customers.

You can view PSE's power outage map here.

Have you lost power in your neighborhood or had wind damage? Tell us in the comments, or share your pictures by clicking "upload photos and video" on this story.

Here are some resources for dealing with storms.

•Stay clear of all downed power lines. Do not go near a downed power line. If you see a downed power line, assume it is still energized and dangerous. Notify PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or call 911 if you see a downed power line.

•For tips on dealing with heavy rain, see this checklist on Take Winter by Storm, a group formed by public and private utilities of Western Washington. Call City of Bellevue Utilities 24-hour phone line at 425-452-7840 to report flooding, hazardous road conditions, water main breaks and sewer overflows.

•If you're experiencing an outage or suspect a natural gas leak, call Puget Sound Energy 1-888-225-5773. Click here for real-time updates, or check Twitter.com/PSETalk.

•If you rely on public transit, check the status of your ride on Metro Transit Alert Center’s websiteClick here for metro's flood routes.

Puget Sound energy posted this notice to its website at 7 a.m. Monday:

Puget Sound Energy recognizes the inconvenience to our customers and is committed to restoring service as soon as possible and providing updates to enable our customers to take necessary steps. We appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to repair power as quickly as possible, with safety our top priority.

PSE crews Monday morning are responding to outages caused by heavy rain and strong winds that have knocked down trees and tree limbs into power lines.

At 6 a.m., 52 PSE crews are responding to 120 outage locations in Western Washington. There currently are 17,000 customers without power, primarily in South King County with scattered outages in North King, Kitsap and Thurston counties.

There are 52 four-person power line crews, 35 two-person tree crews and 78 servicemen available and assisting with restoration efforts.

PSE has requested additional power line crews from eastern Washington, Oregon and California to assist with repairs and restoration work.

Customers who need to report a power outage, should call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773.


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