Wind knocks out power across Seattle but Capitol Hill (mostly) spared

An unpredicted Christmas Day windstorm left some Seattle holiday cooks frustrated and travelers wondering whether they’d return to a dark, cold house, but Capitol Hill mostly unscathed.

By 1p, Seattle City Light said more than 18,000 were without power, mostly in the south and north of the city. The impact to Capitol Hill — so far — from the windy weather has been limited to flickers, a cable outage for some and a few reports of downed trees including one on E Lynn.

The National Weather Service issued a “wind advisory” for the area through 3p Sunday — looks like things should settle down for the rest of the day.

For the latest updates, check out City Light’s status map here. Here is their latest update on the outages.

Gusty winds are causing scattered outages across Seattle City Light’s service territory Christmas day.

Outages are leaving more than  18, 000 customers without power.  Outages are both in the north and south ends of Seattle City Light’s service territory.

Crews are making repairs as quickly as possible .

Customers can get outage information online at www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat. Seattle City Light is the tenth largest public electric utility in the United States.  It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents.  City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

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