Strong winds Sunday leave hundreds without power on Bainbridge

Strong winds whipped Western Washington Sunday afternoon and left more than 33,000 homes and business without power in the region.

On Bainbridge Island, Puget Sound Energy reported 20 separate power outages just after 3 p.m. Feb. 18.

Residents across Kitsap County, from Hansville to Gorst, lost electricity throughout the day.

Nearly 500 PSE customers on Bainbridge were without power Sunday afternoon, from the north end of the island to the south.

The largest outage was reported was just north of Fort Ward in the West Blakely area, where 177 homes were without electricity.

Another 97 homes near Fletcher Bay also lost power, with the next largest outage in the Monta Vista/Olympic Terrace neighborhoods, with 79 homes affected.

Most of the outages on Bainbridge reported Sunday were smaller, affecting just a handful of homes.

The largest outages happened during a gusty period between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday.

The National Weather Service in Seattle said gusts of 25 mph or so were forecast for Bainbridge, while other areas to the north were expected to get hit with much stronger winds.

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