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PUGET SOUND ENERGY’S LATEST UPDATE – 6 AM

PSE Real-time Updates
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, 6:00 a.m.

Despite a new and damaging storm Saturday morning with wind gusts of 45 miles per hour, Puget Sound Energy crews continued their work to restore power to customers who have been out of service due to this weeks snow and ice storms.

On Saturday morning, 188 power line crews, along with crew coordinators and damage assessors–nearly 900 people–are in Thurston, Pierce and King counties making repairs and restoring power.

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.

As of 6 a.m., approximately 205,000 customers are without power. Since early Wednesday, PSE crews have restored power to more than 253,000 customers in Western Washington.

Crews already have restored a significant amount of the damaged transmission power lines that now are delivering electricity to 50 substations.

Given the magnitude of the damage caused by this weeks storms, compounded by the possibility of more damage caused by the high winds and wind gusts expected this weekend, PSE predicts areas will remain out of power Monday and Tuesday.

Additional crews from as far away as California, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Alaska, in addition to ones from British Columbia, Oregon and Washington are helping with the restoration effort.

As soon as crews make further headway in completing repairs on damaged equipment, better restoration information will be available to customers.

Important Safety Message
While not all downed lines are power lines, it is important to treat them as such and stay clear of all downed lines. If you see a downed line, assume it is a power line, still energized and dangerous. Notify PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or call 911 if you see a downed line.
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Posted by Steve on January 21, 2012 at 6:28 am | Permalink

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