80,000 Seattle-area homes still lack power
December 5, 2003
With help coming from Eastern Washington, Oregon and British Columbia, Puget will have 100 crews working through the weekend.
"Because of the amount of damage and the trees in the roadways, it's probably going to be days before we get the lights back on to all of our customers," said Puget Sound Energy spokesperson Dorothy Bracken.
The King County sheriff's office said a tree fell on a car in Maple Valley, southeast of Seattle, trapping two people inside.
Spokesman John Urquhart said at least one person was taken to Harborview
Medical Center in Seattle with serious injuries.
Winds gusted to 80 mph at Enumclaw and Buckley, southeast of Seattle, while in North Bend, east of Seattle, gusts topped 60 mph.
Most of the power outages were south and east of Seattle. The hardest-hit areas included Enumclaw, Fall City, Black Diamond, Snoqualmie and North Bend, Bracken said. Elsewhere, 6,000 Snohomish County Public Utility District customers - mostly in the eastern part of the county - lost power Thursday, as did 800 Tacoma Power customers.
A power outage also closed the Factoria Mall in Bellevue. There were many fallen trees and some downed power lines on the roads in these areas, especially south of Issaquah.
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