Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, 10:00 p.m.
“Puget Sound Energy crews continue to make good progress in restoring power. On Friday, crews brought the power back on to nearly 107,000 customers.
With more power line crews coming from out of state to help with the restoration effort, there will be 200 crews available and assisting with the effort on Saturday, primarily in Thurston county and in parts of Pierce and Northeast and Southeast King County.
As of 10 p.m., approximately 220,000 customers are without power. Since early Wednesday, when heavy snows and ice caused extensive damage and power outages, PSE crews have restored power to more than 195,000 customers in Western Washington.
While crews have restored power to nearly half of the 400,000 customers who lost power earlier this week, new outages have occurred on Friday, primarily in Kitsap County, where trees have broken off into power lines.
Since the 6 p.m. update, more than 50 distribution circuits have been restored.
Given the magnitude of the damage caused by this weeks storms, PSE predicts many areas will remain out of power through the weekend, and some beyond. Better restoration information will be available on Saturday afternoon.
We are watching for expected strong winds tonight and into Saturday.
Approximately 50 additional crews are en route from out of state with a planned arrival time of late Saturday. Crews from Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Alaska are already working or set to arrive tomorrow.”