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PUGET SOUND ENERGY’S LATEST UPDATE – 11 AM

PSE’s Real-time Updates
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

Puget Sound Energy crews expect significant progress today in restoration efforts after a series of storms damaged the electric system in Western Washington.

Rain has melted much of the snow and ice on area roads, significantly improving crews access to hard-to-reach areas, and with improved weather conditions, two helicopters are flying over transmission lines to quickly assess and report damage. We anticipate restoring power to large groups of customers on Saturday.

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 11 a.m., approximately 194,000 customers are without power, the majority in Thurston, Pierce and King counties. Since early Wednesday, PSE crews have restored power to more than 262,000 customers in Western Washington.

Given the magnitude of the damage caused by this weeks storms, PSE predicts some areas will remain out of power Monday and Tuesday. With improved access and completion of damage assessments, better restoration information will be available to customers.

In preparation for power restoration, we ask that customers who have overhead distribution lines serving their homes make sure there is no damage to the weatherhead the pole-like structure where the electrical service enters their home that belongs to them (see graphic below)

If customers do discover damage to their weatherhead, PSE cannot legally restore power until the damage has been repaired by a licensed technician. Once those repairs have been completed and if the neighborhood has power, the customer should call 1-888-225-5773 and we will dispatch a service crew to make permanent connections and restore power once those repairs have been completed.

We also ask that customers without power turn off lights, appliances and electronic devices, leaving one light on so they know when power has returned. This is to ensure electrical lines serving their neighborhood doesnt become overloaded and blow a fuse, causing a second outage.

With 45 mile-per-hour winds this morning, we have seen some new outages. We are also monitoring weather for Sunday, as the National Weather Service has a High Wind Watch posted for the Coast and Northwest Interior.
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