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Power Outage Affects 3,600 PSE Customers in Redmond Area

A Puget Sound Energy spokeswoman said a substation went out near Northeast 24th Street at around 5:30 p.m.

Update, 8:15 p.m.: Puget Sound Energy reports power has been restored to all but 250 customers. Spokesman Roger Thompson said the rest of the homes will have their power restored soon, but crews will also need to repair some damage to the substation.

“Customers won't notice, fortunately,” he said of the repairs.

The cause of the substation outage is still unknown.

Update, 7:00 p.m.: Puget Sound Energy says power has been restored to approximately 650 customers. Utility spokesman Roger Thompson said crews are currently re-routing power to the remaining homes and expect everything to be back to normal shortly. There's still no word on what caused the substation to lose power.

Original post: About 3,600 homes near the Redmond/Bellevue city limits lost power earlier this evening due to a substation outage that occurred at around 5:30 p.m., Puget Sound Energy spokeswoman Mackenzie McDowell said Tuesday evening.

McDowell said the power company is not sure what caused the outage or when power will be restored. PSE crews are currently at the substation, which is located near Northeast 24th Street, trying to identify the problem, she said.

Dan Dunlap June 15, 2011 at 01:45 AM
I still had power until 6:15 - your article said the power went out around 5;30?
Caitlin Moran June 15, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Hi Dan, that's when PSE said the substation went out. Another resident did mention she had experienced more of a "rolling" outage. I'm going to call PSE back here shortly so hopefully I'll have some more info then.
Kim Estes -The Savvy Safety Mama June 15, 2011 at 02:04 AM
Power initially went out in many of the homes just north of 24th street, then the power gradually began rolling out to the area south of 24th street.
Chalen Maarten June 15, 2011 at 06:00 AM
Traffic signals were dark on 156th. Please, treat a dark traffic signal as a stop sign. While other drivers should do the same, they may not even realize there is an intersection. Confirm other traffic is stopping.

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