Thunderstorms rack the Puget Sound region, leaving thousands without power

Aug 10, 2022, 11:12 AM | Updated: 11:38 am
Photo from Puget Sound Energy...
Photo from Puget Sound Energy

A series of lightning storms in the Puget Sound region has left thousands without power Wednesday morning.

Fife, Dash point, Browns point, at least 9,000 customers are without power because of lightning strikes.

Fife City Hall and the Community and Aquatic Center are closed to the public today.

The pool may re-open late Wednesday afternoon.

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In Tacoma, nearly 10,000 customers were without power due to the thunderstorms, Tacoma Public Utilities reported at 9:50 a.m. The heaviest-hit appear to be areas east and north of Tacoma.

About 2,000 people in South Kirkland are without power.

A transformer blew near Google’s Eastside campus. Puget Sound Energy said it was caused by a bird or an animal.

It’s estimated that power will come back at noon.

At around 10 a.m., a tree on the line outside the Vashon substation briefly took out the power. Crews quickly removed the tree and power was restored around 11:15 a.m.

And on Vashon Island, nearly 7,000 PSE customers don’t have electricity. Power there is also estimated to be restored at noon.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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Thunderstorms rack the Puget Sound region, leaving thousands without power