Wind gusts near 50 mph in Olympia knock power out for thousands

Wind gusts near 50 mph in Olympia knock power out for thousands

Puget Sound Energy crews work to restore power to 111 customers on Olympia’s west side near Garfield Elementary School. Photo credit: Austin Wright.

OLYMPIA — Nearly 13,000 Thurston County residences and businesses lost power sometime on Monday, including many schools and businesses after a classic fall windstorm rocked the region.

Olympia Airport recorded a peak gust of 46 mph around 5:30 pm. The biggest power outage of the day was in the SE Olympia area, near Olympia High School where 2,000 customers were out of power for nearly 6 hours.

This outage caused several businesses, grocery stores, and restaurants to close – and the traffic lights in the heart of Tumwater to go dark during rush hour. The lights at Custer Way and Cleveland Ave, and Custer Way at Capitol Blvd were dark all afternoon. Luckily, no accidents were reported.

As of 9:15 pm, 1,000 customers were still without power in Thurston County and 80,000 throughout the entire Puget Sound Energy service area.

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