Short-lived White Center power outage

September 24th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on Short-lived White Center power outage

In case you slept right through it, White Center did lose power for a few minutes early today, possibly related to a West Seattle outage that was already partly over by then. Here’s a screengrab of the Seattle City Light outage map during the short-lived outage:

No word on the cause so far, but it’s been a blustery night.

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Power outage along Myers Way

September 7th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news 1 Comment »

Thanks for the tip! 55 Seattle City Light customers have been without power since just after 4:30 pm. The utility has not yet said what caused it but says workers have been dispatched.

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Another White Center power outage

August 16th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news 2 Comments »

Thanks for the tip! 203 customers are without power as of 4:39 pm. There was a smaller outage, short-lived, in White Center early this morning too.

UPDATE: The outage lasted just a few hours. This truck reportedly was the culprit:

(Reader photo)

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POWER OUTAGE: White Center included

August 13th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news 1 Comment »

4:36 PM: The mapped outage started shortly after 4 pm and is affecting 3,639 customers. Some traffic signals are out on Roxbury – remember that a dark signal = 4-way stop. No official cause yet from SCL but multiple commenters on our West Seattle site report hearing booms just before losing power.

6:58 PM: The outage is over. Here’s what SCL tells us caused it: “It was caused by a compromised stem cable leading down into an underground feeder. Crews were able to isolate it and restore power.”

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UPDATE: Downed poles near Boeing Field take out power to parts of White Center and elsewhere

April 5th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on UPDATE: Downed poles near Boeing Field take out power to parts of White Center and elsewhere

5 PM: Part of White Center is affected by a huge Seattle City Light outage – here’s the full map. SCL says a crash on East Marginal Way near Boeing Field is to blame – in all, more than 16,000 homes and businesses are without power.

5:25 PM: Here’s the scene near the Museum of Flight where apparently multiple poles came down:

6:19 PM: All but a little over 300 of the affected customers are back on. KIRO-TV coverage at the scene showed multiple poles had fallen and speculated some kind of wind had brought them down. Whatever the case, it appears a stretch of East Marginal near the Museum of Flight will be closed for quite some time.

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ELECTION 2019: Water-district merger passing

February 12th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Election, Utilities, White Center news 4 Comments »

Back in December, we covered the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council getting briefed unofficially on the proposal for Water District 45 to merge into Water District 20. The measure was on today’s ballot. In the first round of results published tonight, it’s passing overwhelmingly – though the number of votes is small:

Yes 211 (86%)
No 35 (14%)

Here’s a map of soon-to-go-out-of-existence District 45.

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WEATHER: Wind arrives, power outages follow

January 6th, 2019 Tracy Posted in Seattle City Light, Utilities, White Center news 1 Comment »

The heart of White Center was spared again, but points east and south were hit by power outages as the expected wind moved through early this morning. Above is a screengrab from the Seattle City Light outage map. Though the map shows potential restoration times, remember that those are only guesses/estimates, so if you’re out, you might get yours back sooner than projected – or later.

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STORM ARRIVES: 4,300+ customers lose power

December 20th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Utilities, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on STORM ARRIVES: 4,300+ customers lose power

12:21 PM: The wind’s here and so is the first major power outage in our area – screengrab above is from the Seattle City Light outage map. The High Wind Warning remains in effect until 7 pm.

3:34 PM: This outage is down to 1,700+ customers. And the weather is “settling down,” as the National Weather Service puts it.

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UPDATE: Power outage in parts of North Highline and Burien

November 11th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on UPDATE: Power outage in parts of North Highline and Burien

11:28 PM: Big power outage – stretching from east White Center and Top Hat into Burien; about 5,800 homes/businesses, according to Seattle City Light, which says it started around 10:20 pm. No word yet what caused it. Thanks to Alisha, Barb, and others for the tips!

11:54 PM: According to the SCL map, affected areas north of Burien are back on – power has been restored to more than 1,800 affected customers.

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UPDATE: Power outage in White Center/North Burien

August 10th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on UPDATE: Power outage in White Center/North Burien

7:04 AM: As shown on the map, 4,000-plus customers in White Center/North Burien are without power this morning. No word yet on the cause. While Seattle City Light has an estimate of 1 pm for restoration, remember those are really guesstimates – could be a lot sooner, could be a lot later. If you encounter an intersection with a dark or flashing signal, remember it’s a four-way stop.

8:34 AM UPDATE: The outage is over. City Light says this outage was caused by a tree branch falling into a power line.

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POWER OUTAGE UPDATE: 4,100+ in White Center, Shorewood, and beyond

February 18th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news 1 Comment »

3:16 PM: Seattle City Light says 4,100 homes and businesses are without power in White Center, Shorewood, and points south. No cause listed yet; the restoration estimate is 9 pm, but keep in mind that this is only an estimate – could be much sooner or much later.

3:50 PM: The outage map now attributes this outage to a tree.

4:22 PM: Looks like almost everyone is back on.

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UPDATE: Power outage blamed on vault fire

February 11th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Fire, Utilities, White Center news 2 Comments »

7:29 PM: Out of power? You’re far from alone. 3,000-plus customers in White Center and south West Seattle, because of a vault fire near 22nd/Roxbury. (And Roxbury is currently blocked by the Seattle Fire response.) We’re covering the outage on partner site West Seattle Bloggo here for the latest.

8:41 PM:
The City Light map shows just about everyone should be back on. If you’re not, please be sure they know – 206-684-3000.

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WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Wednesday night power outage

October 18th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Utilities, Weather, White Center news 2 Comments »

6:18 PM: More than 3,800 homes and businesses are without electricity as a result of the storm – starting in southeast White Center and vicinity, as shown on the map above, and heading south into Top Hat and part of Burien. Any other storm effects in WC/North Highline? Let us know, text/voice 206-293-6302.

7:21 PM: Most have their power back, according to the City Light outage map – which has only about 200 customers still out of electricity.

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Steve Cox Memorial Park solar installation to get $ from Seattle City Light

September 29th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Steve Cox Memorial Park, Utilities, White Center news 2 Comments »

Just announced by Seattle City Light:

Thanks to the generous contributions of Seattle City Light customers, seven local organizations will receive Green Up grants totaling nearly $1 million to support renewable energy projects and education. The seven organizations will use the grants to help install solar panels at 14 public school, affordable housing, and community-based locations.

“Over 13,000 generous community members are investing in a clean, sustainable energy future by sending a few dollars each month to purchase renewable energy credits through our Green Up program,” said City Light Customer Energy Solutions Director Craig Smith. “City Light is proud to be the steward of this grant and part of the community partnership that will benefit our schools, affordable housing, parks, and hospitals.”

Grant recipients are:

· Seattle Public Schools – $150,000 for solar installations at Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Ballard High School, Denny International Middle School, South Shore K-8 School, Hazel Wolf K-8 ESTEM School and Arbor Heights Elementary
· King County Parks — $119,014 for a solar installation at the Steve Cox Community Center
· Seattle Parks — $50,000 for a solar installation at the Brig at Magnuson Park
· Seattle Colleges — $200,000 for a solar installation at Seattle Central College
· Harborview Medical Center — $50,000 for a solar installation at the hospital
· Capitol Hill Housing – three grants totaling $225,000 for solar installations at three affordable housing complexes – the Elizabeth James House, Ponderosa Apartments and El Nor Apartments
· Pacific Science Center — $164,851 for a solar installation at the center

“We will soon be able to power the White Center community center and the adjacent basketball court using only clean, renewable energy,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said. “Our partnership with Seattle City Light will accelerate the work we are doing to transform Steve Cox Memorial Park into a model for sustainable operations.”

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Reader report: Potential water woes by White Center Library

August 4th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on Reader report: Potential water woes by White Center Library

Thanks to Jim for the photo. He noticed the water in the road in front of the White Center Library and has reported it to Seattle Public Utilities, which was sending a crew to check it out. Jim says the water turned up tonight in a spot where he noticed a new bump in the road a day earlier.

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POWER OUTAGE: Parts of White Center, South Park, West Seattle

June 15th, 2017 Tracy Posted in South Park, Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on POWER OUTAGE: Parts of White Center, South Park, West Seattle

Power went out for more than 2,000 homes and businesses in parts of White Center, South Park, and West Seattle at 11:19 am. Seattle City Light says a crash caused it; some traffic lights, including 8th/Roxbury (which is dangerous enough when the signal’s working), are out, so please remember that means they’re all-way stops until restored. SCL hopes to have this fixed by 2:30-ish pm.

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Seattle City Light work ahead to ‘upgrade electronic equipment’ on utility poles

April 6th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on Seattle City Light work ahead to ‘upgrade electronic equipment’ on utility poles


(Click image to go to full-size map on City Light’s website)

Those locations in White Center, Top Hat, and other parts of North Highline are where Seattle City Light is about to begin a six-week project “to upgrade electronic equipment on 35 existing utility poles.” More details:

This project is an expansion of existing communications networks. The equipment modifications will increase public safety and enhanced-911 capabilities. The work will also improve wireless services to areas, allowing for enhanced connectivity and faster 4G service.

During this project, City Light crews will also have the opportunity to upgrade its infrastructure and replace utility poles that are in poor condition.

There are no maintenance power outages planned for this work. Some traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate work areas. Crews will be careful to maintain access to driveways.

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Power outage for parts of White Center, West Seattle, South Park

February 27th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on Power outage for parts of White Center, West Seattle, South Park

4:55 AM: Power is out for what Seattle City Light‘s outage map says are 2,000+ homes/businesses, including parts of White Center and South Park. No word yet on the cause; restoration is estimated at 11 am but we always remind you, that’s just SCL’s guess, could be earlier, could be later. And please remember if you are driving before the power’s back on – any signalized intersection where the signal’s out or flashing means it’s an all-ways stop.

6:14 AM: The outage is now down to 240 customers, mostly in north Greenbridge. “Equipment failure” is now listed as the cause.

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POWER OUTAGE: Almost 4,000 homes/businesses in Highline

November 12th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Utilities, White Center news Comments Off on POWER OUTAGE: Almost 4,000 homes/businesses in Highline

9:59 AM: Most of this – but not all – is south of White Center: 3,868 homes/businesses have lost power in the greater Highline area. See the map here.

10:50 AM: Outage over, per SCL map. The wind advisory remains in effect through 3 pm, though.

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UPDATE: 3,700+ lose power in Top Hat, parts of Burien

October 14th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Utilities, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on UPDATE: 3,700+ lose power in Top Hat, parts of Burien

Though the wind still hasn’t revved up that much, the power went out at 1:49 am for 3,783 customers (homes/businesses), mostly in Burien but also stretching into part of North Highline, particularly Top Hat. City Light’s map has yet to pinpoint what caused it; the guesstimate for restoration is currently 8 am.

4:15 AM: Outage over, per SCL map.

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