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Windy October night leaves 3,000 without power around Capitol Hill

"Wind storm knocks over tree on Capitol Hill Cal Anderson Park, Man stripped bare and climbs." (Image: @timdurkan via Twitter)

“Wind storm knocks over tree on Capitol Hill Cal Anderson Park, Man stripped bare and climbs.” (Image: @timdurkan via Twitter)

B01-Se4IcAAjBVjAn October windstorm knocked out power to around 3,000 customers in a northern swath of Capitol Hill near Volunteer Park Saturday night.

The outages were part of a series of service disruptions around the city leaving more than 20,000 without power.

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The largest outage surrounding the park was reportedly caused by a downed branch or tree. A smaller outage knocking about 600 out had a reported restoration time of after 11 PM. City Light estimated a midnight or later restoration for the larger outage.

The outages followed an increase in the night’s gusts around 8 PM. Winds on the 520 bridge measured above 60 MPH.

Around 8:04 PM, wires were reported down on 20th Ave E.

You can view City Light’s status page here. UPDATE: As of 9:50 PM, citywide outages have left more than 50,000 without power around Seattle. UPDATE x2: Some areas around Volunteer Park were restored to service around 10:45 PM.

The National Weather Service says winds could continue through 2 AM:1920393_801976873196054_3007751333398633932_n

UPDATE: Careful out there — lots of branches (and trees!) on the ground:

UPDATE 10/27/2014 9:45 AM: Seattle Parks tells us there isn’t a longterm prognosis for the big Cal Anderson maple that lost a massive branch during the weekend storm. The tree, which provides a big landmark and some much needed summer shade in the southwest corner of Bobby Morris field, remains mostly intact. The fallen section will be removed by a work crew during the day Monday. A fence in the area was also damaged.

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6 thoughts on “Windy October night leaves 3,000 without power around Capitol Hill

  1. The power was out in the E Madison Safeway, it went out while I was inside. They have a generator, and people could check out, but power inside was limited.

  2. The hill is really messy this morning. Lots of limbs down and unsecured items blown around. Exercise caution when walking/biking/driving today.

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