Record weekend rains were followed by high winds Sunday night and Monday morning in Washington and the result was falling trees and limbs that knocked out power for thousands of utility customers. The National Weather Service says winds on the coast Sunday hit 67 mph at Destruction Island, 51 mph at Hoquiam and 43 mph at Friday Harbor. The front moved east before dawn and blustery winds were forecast through the day in Eastern Washington.
Forecasters say cool, unsettled weather will last through the middle of the week. Puget Sound Energy reported it had about 12,000 customers out of service about midnight Sunday, mainly in Skagit, Thurston and Kitsap Counties. Seattle City Light reported it had about 3,200 customers out of service overnight.
MC PUD 3 POWER OUTAGE UPDATE 11:30AM 9/30/13
Mason County PUD 3 Crews Complete System Repairs in Tahuya Area – Electricity Restored at 11:10 AM. Crews were working since late last night to repair extensive damage to poles and power lines from Sunday’s storm. They had to clear damaged equipment to reconstruct the lines in the affected area. At the height of the storm, nearly 3,500 customers were affected by storm damage. Most of the customers (2,740) who lost electricity did so when the Collins Lake substation was de-energized.
Restoration of Electricity Continues for Tahuya Area Residents – 980 Customers Remain (as of 8:00AM 9/30/13)
Mason County PUD 3 linemen continue to make progress this morning in restoring electricity to customers who lost power due to damage from last night’s storm. An estimated 980 customers on the Tahuya Peninsula west of Belfair are now the priority of PUD 3 crews.
The areas that are affected by the outage as of 8:00 AM include: Blacksmith Lake, Haven Lake,Lake Christine, Mission Lake, Panther Lake, Tiger Lake, Toonerville, & Wooten Lake.
Extensive damage to power poles and cable was caused by falling trees and debris overnight. Linemen have had to clear the damaged equipment to reconstruct the power lines in the affected area.
At the height of the storm, nearly 3,500 customers were affected by storm damage. Most of the customers (2,740) who lost electricity did so when the Collins Lake substation was de-energized.
Customers may report outages any time by calling 360-432-1533 from Shelton; 360-275-2833 from Belfair; and 360-861-4247, Elma.
Customers may also receive text updates via Twitter by signing up to follow PUD 3’s feed at www.twitter.com/pud3 or by visiting the PUD’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/masonpud3.
Customers are urged to monitor the status of outages via our social media services, but the best way to report outages is via the outage hotline at 360-432-1533.
Wet, Wet Weekend In Washington
The National Weather Service says a weekend storm has made for the wettest September on record in Olympia and the second-wettest in Seattle. By 3 a.m. Monday the rainfall total at Olympia was 7.98 inches, breaking the old record of 7.59 set in September of 1978. The normal for the month is 1.71 in Olympia. At Sea-Tac Airport, the monthly total by 3 a.m. Monday was 5.60 inches, second to 5.95 inches in September 1978. Normal for the month is 1.50 inches. The totals are more like the totals for December and January.
Meteorologist Dana Felton at the Weather Service office in Seattle say the weekend storm was more like the storms the Northwest sees in late fall and early winter.
September 30, 2013
IMAGE/courtesy Mason Coutny PUD 3