Snohomish County PUD declared an emergency early Tuesday evening after a “huge wind blast” knocked power out to approximately 150,000 customers across Snohomish County, PUD spokesman Bob Bolerjack said.
Bolerjack said he didn’t have exact figures of how many customers were out in specific cities or neighborhoods, but added that crews were at work to restore transmission lines, so that substations could be brought back online. Customers are encouraged to monitor the Snohomish County PUD Facebook page for regular updates, Bolerjack said.
The Town Center area of Mountlake Terrace was without power. In addition, Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood announced that it has canceled all Tuesday night classes and activities due to the power outage.
Snohomish County PUD posted this reminder about how it prioritizes restoration of power outages:
The first focus is on outages at the higher-voltage transmission level, which power substations with large numbers of customers, hospitals, schools and businesses. Hazardous oil spills, wires blocking highways or major roadways or wires fallen on buildings or vehicles also get high priority.
Next are main circuits from substations that serve neighborhoods and businesses.
Smaller outages are next addressed – those that may serve a handful of homes.
Finally outages for non-essential street lights are resolved.
You can read more here.