August Wind Storm

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As of 2:00 p.m., Sunday Aug. 30

With damage to the electric system in more than 1,800 locations across our service area, we’re working to assess repairs needed and provide restoration information. Approximately 70,000 customers remain without power as of 2:00 p.m.

We’re estimating power will be restored to all customers on or before the following times. We expect most customers to have power restored sooner. Customers in isolated areas or areas with heavy damage will have power restored closer to the estimated time listed below.

  • South King County: Monday, Aug. 31 at 6 a.m.
  • Pierce County: Monday, Aug. 31 at 6 a.m.
  • Thurston County: Monday Aug. 31 at 6 a.m.
  • Whidbey Island: Monday, Aug. 31 at 2 a.m.
  • Whatcom and Skagit Counties: Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.
  • North King County: Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.
  • Kitsap County: Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.

More specific information will be added throughout the day to the outage map and provided to our call center as crews continue to assess the extent of damage and repairs needed. Our outage map and call center have the same information for our customers.

Whatcom and Skagit counties are the hardest hit. There are approximately 35,000 customers without power. This includes some of the most remote parts of our service area and access can be very challenging. We have used helicopter crews to patrol transmission lines for damage. We’ve also brought in additional crews to assist. To see crews at work, check our Facebook page or view our Flickr album.

North King County is the next hardest hit area with more than 11,000 customers still affected.

Crews will be out in full force throughout the day. We have 60 line crews and 16 tree crews working to help with restoration efforts, including additional crews brought into the area from as far as British Columbia.

There’s a lot of work to do. This was a widespread and damaging storm that impacted nearly 238,000 customers at its peak. In addition to strong winds, most trees still have their leaves and many of them have been stressed by recent drought conditions, making them more susceptible to snapping or falling. In many cases, old-growth trees uprooted, falling across roadways, on utility poles and through power wires.

The myPSE app and PSE.com/outagemap are the best places to report an outage, get restoration times and outage information.

Treat all downed power lines as if they are energized and extremely dangerous. Keep yourself and others away from them.


Earlier status updates