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UPDATE 3:29: Power returning to Lake Stevens
PUD: Around 12,500 customers w/o power in greater Lake Stevens
UPDATE: Ten minutes after publishing, power returned at the J425 World Headquarters in West Lake Stevens. PUD outage maps show — as discussed below — that a large portion of the Frontier Village grid was restored. Over 2,500 homes regained power in this latest patch. - KTH
The fierce storm that ripped through Snohomish County starting around 9:45 last night left nearly 15,000 Lake Stevens-area homes and businesses without power as of 2:54pm Saturday.
The Lake Stevens Police Department posted to socials stating that officers were tasked with clearing downed trees and power lines across the city this afternoon.
Snohomish County PUD stated that 160,000 homes remained without power across the county-wide service area. A spokesperson for the utility said 60,0000 homes had power returned thus far.
According to the PUD outage map — which has suffered periodic outages — the West Lake Stevens / Frontier Village area is one of the hardest hits spots in the county with near universal power loss.
Universal, that is, save for Wendy’s and the 76 station on 91st. Last night at 1:30 am, the line for Wendy’s snaked through the attached business park and back around to 91st.
Among Frontier Village retailers, Target and Ace remained open with Ace maintaining a limited supply of power-outage related supplies as of 1pm today.
Please go ahead and post other open retailers in the comments.
Both the PUD and LSPD stressed that there is no timetable for power restoration.
However, West Lake Stevens is a priority grid and historically receives quick attention due to the SR-9 & 204 intersection and core of retailers and health care provides in the surrounding blocks.
Law enforcement sent out reminders to treat intersections as four way stops in the absence of powered signals.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office reminded citizens not to call 911 to report outages unless there is imminent danger ie live wires.
For those of you interested in Monday morning quarterbacking the storm, the National Weather Service posted a nice thread detailing how pressure gradients created a wind funnel in the Straight of Juan de Fuca that basically unloaded on Snohomish County. You can check that out here:
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