Tree Branch Causes Power Outage, Affects Over 4,700 In Burien

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A power outage hit Burien Tuesday afternoon (April 27) around 1:35pm, initially affecting some 4.750 customers, according to Seattle City Light spokesman Peter Clark.

UPDATE 2:46pm: According to City Light’s Powerlines page, power has been fully restored and the culprit was a tree branch:

Seattle City Light crews restored power to all 4,750 customers affected by a power outage in Burien within one hour of the outage’s start today.

The outage began about 1:35 p.m. and included Burien City Hall and the Burien Public Works offices. Crews immediately began patrolling the power lines to find the cause of the outage and restored power in stages. Power was back on for 85 percent of the affected customers within 30 minutes.

A tree branch that came into contact with power lines and a transformer near 152nd Street SW and Ambaum Way was responsible for the outage.

The general boundaries of the outage were S 96th St. on the north, 172nd St. on the south, 24th Ave. S. on the east, and 33rd Ave. SW on the west.

UPDATE 2:24pm: @SEACityLight just Tweeted:

“A power outage in South Seattle and Burien has been mostly restored. Current estimate 800 customers still out. Cause ID’d and being fixed.”

We first caught wind of the outage through a Tweet from @isisb511, who said:

“Omg everyones power in burien on 1st ave went out. Both my branch (and the whole freddies) lights went out and chris’ branch power went out”


“Omg power out again! Three times straight its out now… for good.. my goodness”

We also got a call from Photographer Francis Zera, who said that there were multiple “flickering” outages before power finally went out for good.

While the cause of the outage is still being investigated, the boundaries of it are:

  • NORTH: South 96th
  • SOUTH: South 172nd Street
  • EAST: 24th Ave South
  • WEST: 33rd Ave SW

According to Clark, crews were en route to investigate.

It is unknown when electricity will be restored, but if you’re a Blog Reader in these areas you can always use your iPhone or other mobile device.

To find out more, visit Seattle City Light’s “Powerlines” page here (be aware though that as of 2:15pm, that site has yet to be updated) or follow them on Twitter here.

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One Response to “Tree Branch Causes Power Outage, Affects Over 4,700 In Burien”
  1. Kathy says:

    This morning while getting ready for work (7:20) the power went out for ten seconds and came back on. Maybe this outage is connected somehow.

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