WA utility down to 3,000 customers without power

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BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) -- Utility crews working to restore service to Western Washington customers whose electricity was knocked out by a week's worth of snow, ice and wind storms are working on about 3,000 remaining outages.

Puget Sound Energy spokesman Roger Thompson said late Wednesday that crews planned to work through the night and hoped to have power restored to all by early Thursday.

He says gusty winds that blew through the area Tuesday night and early Wednesday added about 38,000 fresh outages.

Since the storms began, Thompson says the utility has restored service to 450,000 customers. Puget Sound Energy serves 1.1 million electrical customers in Western Washington.