Thousands lose power as strong winds whip Puget Sound

Thousands lose power as strong winds whip Puget Sound

More than 28,000 homes and businesses were dark just before 5:30 p.m. Friday as strong winds swept through Puget Sound.

Puget Sound Energy said 121 outages had been reported just after 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14, and a total of 28,321 customers were affected.

On Bainbridge Island, islanders were dodging the worst of the outages Friday afternoon. Approximately 72 homes at the western end of Hidden Cove were dark after power was reported out at 5:19 p.m.

PSE said it hopes that power in that area is restored by 7:30 p.m.

Power was also out for four homes north of Bucklin Hill Road, and another home on the north end, south of Hidden Cove Road.

Small, scattered outages were also reported elsewhere in Kitsap County; in the Huckle Ridge and Treemont areas, as well as north of the Port Madison Reservation.

Earlier Friday, the National Weather Service in Seattle issued a wind advisory for the Puget Sound, including Bainbridge Island and other Puget Sound lowlands.

Forecasters said winds from the south were expected to reach speeds of 25 to35 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph.

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