Utility crews working through the night to get power restored after Monday's storm
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Thousands of people were still without power Tuesday night as another round of rain moved into the region.
Several utilities, including Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish County PUD told KOMO News they’ve been tremendous progress since Monday's wind storm hit. But there’s still some work to do.
"I just remember hearing what sounded like an explosion," said Nate Alber, who heard a large tree crash down onto his family's driveway in Sammamish on Monday.
"When I came up, it was completely pitch black as it is right now around us," added his mother Jacque Ritchie.
Ritchie’s generator automatically kicked on as soon as the tree came down and knocked out power to several homes in her Issaquah neighborhood.
As of Tuesday night, there weren’t a lot of big outages across the region. It's mostly smaller pockets of customers that are still in the dark, several utilities told KOMO News.
Cable companies are also working to repair damaged fiber optic lines.
Scott Davidson has been running a small generator on his back porch in Sammamish.
He’s one of about 60 homeowners that lost power in his neighborhood.
"I got it 2 weeks ago ‘cause I figured quite procrastinating," said Davidson. "You want one, get one."
A spokeswoman for Puget Sound Energy said the utility never had more than 91,000 customers without power at one time. As of 10 P.M. Tuesday, about 2,000 PSE customers were still without power. According to the utility's online outage map, some customers were not expected to get their power restored until Wednesday evening.