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PSE spokesman says all power has been restored from Saturday's windstorm
A storm brought 45-60 mph winds to the Puget Sound area on Saturday, knocking out power and closing the 520 bridge. Some residents in Kirkland, Bothell and Kenmore lost power as trees fell on power lines.
"It was mainly branches and trees hitting distribution and transmission lines," said Puget Sound Energy spokesperson Ray Lane.
Lane said that PSE crews were able to restore power to all customers as of early Monday morning and that 60,400 homes and businesses were without power in North King County due to the storm. PSE had more than 600 different outages in the area.
Wind gusts were clocked at 48 mph on the 520 floating bridge on Saturday, closing the span for two hours and forcing some drivers to abandon their vehicles until the bridge reopened.
KIRO reported that a tree crushed a parked and unoccupied SUV in Kirkland. A tree fell on a power line, narrowly missing Juanita Drive in Kenmore and another tree in Kirkland blocked an intersection.
Lane said that this is not the first storm to cause power outages this year and won't be the last.
"We have already had three but this was the biggest this year for sure," said Lane.
Lane said that one thing that made the storm more difficult were the widespread outages. Nearly 20,000 homes in the greater Puget Sound area were without power thanks to the storm.
The high gusts made some of PSE's preparations irrelevant.
"In some cases, even if we trim the trees they can sail," said Lane. "It can be a tree that is 100 yards away that takes out a line. When they still have leaves on them they can sail."
Lane said that another factor is that some areas can be trickier to get to than others for PSE crews.
"We appreciate our customers' patients," said Lane. "We are power customers too, so we know what it is like."