New wind-caused power outages in W Washington



BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — Gusty winds that blew through Western Washington Tuesday night and early Wednesday added more power outages as utility crews are still trying to restore service to customers who have been in the dark since last week’s snow and ice storms.

Puget Sound Energy reports 38,000 new outages, mostly in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and Kitsap counties. Spokesman Roger Thompson says crews have restored all but 10,000 of those and the utility hopes to have them back on line Wednesday.

Meanwhile, PSE crews also hope to finish restoring service Wednesday to about 12,000 snow and ice outages, mostly in King, Pierce and Thurston counties.

Seattle City Light reported the overnight winds left about 7,500 customers in the dark. Crews are making repairs.