A power outage darkened the traffic signals at Highway 305 and High School Road Tuesday. (Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review)

A power outage darkened the traffic signals at Highway 305 and High School Road Tuesday. (Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review)

Bainbridge hit by blackout

A noontime power outage left much of Winslow without electricity Tuesday.

Approximately 4,570 homes and businesses on Bainbridge Island went dark just before 12 p.m. Feb. 6, according to Puget Sound Energy.

The outage area extended from the north shore of Eagle Harbor all the way north past Manitou Beach.

Another outage, affecting just seven homes, was also reported in the Fort Ward area on Tuesday.

Businesses along High School Road closed their doors during the outage, with managers and employees at some of the banks near the Island Village Shopping Center turning customers away at the door.

Cooks at nearby restaurants gathered on the sidewalks outside their businesses, making small talk with people they couldn’t feed.

Traffic signals were also dark at the Highway 305 intersections in Winslow, slowing midday traffic to a slow crawl in some spots.

Classes continued as planned in schools near High School Road, according to the Bainbridge Island School District.

PSE said the cause of the outage was under investigation.

The utility did not give an estimate on when power would be restored.

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