Patrick Robinson
A City Light Crew member extends a pole to test the feeder line near 50th SW and SW Alaska Street following a power outage caused by lightning strikes on Tuesday evening.

UPDATE: Thunderstorm knocks out power for 4800 in West Seattle; Now mostly restored

UPDATE 7:30pm
Power is back on for most of the 4803 that were without service on Tuesday evening. The Herald spoke to the City Light crew working on a feeder line near 50th SW and SW Alaska Street. A crew member said, " We had about 15 to 20 transformers fail due to lightning strikes. We've heated up the feeder line so most people are back with power but it will be an all nighter to replace all those transformers." About 79 customers were without power around 8:45pm.

Full restoration of all equipment and power is expected by tomorrow.

Original Post
A series of seemingly close lightning and thunder events that came as a squall passed over West Seattle around 5:30pm knocked out power for 4800 City Light customers primarily along Beach Drive.

The outage extends from Alki Point south along Beach Drive SW, up through the Seaview neighborhood and east into Hight Point. Homes and businesses north of the Morgan Street Junction as far north as SW Juneau Street were also affected.

(thanks to Charlene Kahn for fixing our errors earlier!)

No known time of restoration has been established.

You can check on the status of power here http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/

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