Pacific Northwest Storm Cuts Power for at Least 218,000

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
January 6, 2019US News
Pacific Northwest Storm Cuts Power for at Least 218,000
Clouds cover the sky while it rains as a sea plane approaches Lake Union for a landing Jan. 11, 2006 in Seattle, Washington. (Robert Sumner/Getty Images)

SEATTLE—Windstorms that pummeled parts of Washington state and Oregon over the weekend have left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity, officials said Sunday.

The storm brought winds that registered gusts of about 60 mph (96 kph) at Sea-Tac Airport in Washington, the National Weather Service in Seattle said.

Puget Sound Energy reported about 218,000 of its customers had no power as of 6 a.m. Sunday. Some could be without power for “multiple days,” the utility said on its website.

Other utilities in Washington also reported outages, KOMO reported.

Thousands were also without power Sunday morning in parts of Oregon after the strong winds downed trees, KOIN-TV reported.

Alaska Airlines said it grounded all its flights between 4:20 a.m. and 5:15 a.m. Sunday after a power outage in the Seattle area, where its operations are based.

Airline spokeswoman Oriana Branon said the power went out around 3:30 a.m. and came back on about an hour and a half later.

She said 27 flights were delayed and five were canceled. Inconvenienced customers were being offered compensation on a case by case basis, she said.

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