Widespread power outage hits Capitol Hill following storm
SEATTLE – Power outages from Monday’s storm left large sections of Capitol Hill in the dark, and forced many bars and restaurants to close for the night.
A lot of people ventured out from their own dark apartments in search of food only to find that so many of the local restaurants were closed too.
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“It's a little bit spooky,” said Mariel Sass, as she walked down a nearly pitch-black Broadway.
Gone were the neon lights as blocks and blocks of Capitol Hill clubs and eateries lost power during the storm.
People navigated with flashlights, and pedestrians took their chances in crosswalks as drivers strained to even see the roads.
Some businesses got lucky, including Ian's Pizza by the Slice on Broadway. The shop still had power, and the manager said hungry customers had been pouring in all night. One of those diners was Kevin Kinghorn, who said that with power cut off to his apartment, some hot slices were the perfect way to ride out the storm.
“I moved into a new unit and just realized my oven doesn't work,” he said. “I thought it was gas but I guess it's electric."
Seattle City Light planned to have crews work through the night, but warned that it could take well into Tuesday for everyone to get their lights back on.
Crews said at the height of the storm they had more than 160 separate outages affecting more than 60,000 customers. As of midnight, power had been restored to more than half of those customers.
At the storm's peak Monday afternoon, more than 180,000 aross Western Washington were without power.
As of 11:00 p.m. Puget Sound Energy still had more than 70,000 customers still without power. They too said crews will be working overnight to get service restored.
Crews in Snohomish County are making progress. Service has been restored to more than 40,000 customers.
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