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Partial power outage in area – winds?

January 8th, 2017 by Mike

Update: The Seattle Times has a story here.

At 1 p.m. Seattle City Light is reporting over 20,000 customers without power, including in Maple Leaf, Ravenna and Phinny.

The cause is unknown apparently equipment failure, according to a video posted to Facebook by City Light. A a surge hit Maple Leaf at 11:41 a.m., briefly cutting power.

There is a high wind warning in effect until 6 p.m., but its boundaries don’t quite reach Maple Leaf.

City Light estimates power will be restored in about two hours.

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Storm tracking with Maple Leaf Life

October 14th, 2016 by Mike

Sunday Oct. 16:

Rain = .89 inches. Storm gone.

Saturday, Oct. 15.

9 p.m. done.

6 p.m. Wind to 33 mph.


Ready for the storm: Northgate QFC. Same story at Walgreens.

7 a.m.

Rain = 0.95 inches.

Big Storm ETA 4 6 p.m.  Gusts 50-60 45 49 mph late this afternoon.

There is one power outage in Maple Leaf, between Eighth Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way Northeast, at around 100th Avenue Northeast.

Friday, Oct. 14.

2:15 p.m. New high wind speed 32 mph at 2:02 p.m.

10:30 a.m. More heavy rain, wind heading our way after short break. Wind at Sea-Tac 43mph.

9 a.m. There is a power outage in Pinehurst, just north of Northgate, affecting one customer. Otherwise, quiet rain.

7 a.m. Storm No 1 arrived (finally, some 14 hours late) at around 6:24 a.m. (Although the main front passed through six hours ago.)

Overnight rain at Maple Leaf Life south = 1.71 inches. KOMO’s Scott Sistek says Oct. 13 now the wettest day in Seattle this year.

High wind 27 mph at 12:18 a.m.

Lightning. Some thunder.

Tornado warning on the coast just expired. Wind warning here has expired, although wind advisory still in effect through 6 p.m. From the National Weather Service in Seattle:




Seattle City Light reports one (1) customer without power (in Wedgwood),

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Power lost in NE Maple Leaf during wind storm

March 10th, 2016 by Mike

Update 8:13 a.m.: Wind gust to 35 mph.

Update: City Lights estimates power returns around 8:30 a.m. For updates go to the utility’s outage map.

Power was lost at 5 a.m. to over 3,400 neighbors in the northeast part of Maple Leaf and up into Pinehurst.

Winds at the time were blowing up to 39 mph as measured here at Maple Leaf Life South. (Rain = 1.15″.)

Shortly before 6 a.m., Seattle City Light has 3,544 customers without power, most of them here.

In the broader area, Puget Sound Energy reports over 43,000 without power.

The Seattle Times is updating a regional story.

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Christmas Eve power outage along Roosevelt N.E.

December 24th, 2015 by Mike

Power is back for Christmas!

Update 5 p.m.: These folks are still without power, five hours now.

Power is out (noon-thirty today) along portions of Roosevelt Way Northeast from about Northeast 102nd Street to Northeast Northgate Way.

About 70 neighbors are affected, according to Seattle City Light.

Cause: “Investigating. Equip Fail.”

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High winds on way, including Maple Leaf?

December 3rd, 2015 by Mike

2 p.m.

“More high winds on the way; Eastside reports power outages” is the current headline in The Seattle Times.


“Windstorm may be a bust” is the header of Cliff Mass’ post this afternoon.

The Times:

A short-lived but powerful windstorm is expected to hit the Puget Sound area Thursday afternoon with enough force to topple trees, cut power service and make a mess of the evening commute.

Sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, are forecast to hit Pierce County by about 3 p.m., King County about 4 p.m. and shortly after that in Snohomish County and farther north.

The Woodland Park Zoo WildLights have been cancelled because of the predicted winds this afternoon and tonight.

Mass says:

The latest hourly HRRR forecasts are suggesting that the wind event may be MUCH less than predicted, particularly over Puget Sound.

Here’s the official National Weather Service forecast.

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4,400 without power north of Maple Leaf

October 10th, 2015 by Mike

Wind advisory for up to 45 mph until 5 p.m., over an inch of rain so far at Maple Leaf Life South.

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Power’s out, trees down on roads and homes – storm update

August 29th, 2015 by Mike

Not every neighbor has power yet (2 p.m. Sunday).

IT’S BACK! (Power) (Sunday 11:56 a.m.)

Andrew sent this from Northeast 80th Street and Brooklyn Avenue Northeast.

Estimated power restore time to largest chunk of Maple Leaf is 12:33 p.m. (Thanks, Kristen.)

Midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday: power off again. Seattle City Light says fewer than 20,000 remain without power.

Cliff Mass on “Extraordinary August Storm“:

“This is perhaps the strongest August storm on record—certainly the most impressive in my memory.

High wind gust Saturday at Maple Leaf Life South: 32 mph. Rain before 7 a.m.: 1.17”

7 p.m. Power’s back!

Tree onto house near Northeast 89th and 20th Avenue Northeast. Photo tweeted by KIRO TV.

Storm update 1:45 p.m.

Power remains out in south Maple Leaf.

Seattle City Light reports 40,000 58K customers without power.

Trees across Lake City Way Northeast at Northeast  97th and 107th streets.

The Seattle Times has regional coverage of the storm here.

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Wind, rain and power outages on Seahawk Sunday

January 18th, 2015 by Mike

Northeast 105th Street blocked between Fifth and Eighth avenues.

Just under 10,000 Seattle City Light customers are without power this morning (7 a.m.) on game day.

A high wind warning will expire at 8 a.m.

Wind gusts hit 48 mph at 12:25 a.m. here at Maple Leaf Life South. An inch of rain fell in the overnight storm.

Only two neighbors in south Maple Leaf are without power, but large swaths of Meadowbrook and Shoreline are dark.

In the greater Seattle metropolitan are, Puget Sound Power reports 33,000 customers without power and Tweeted:

Crews will be in “beastmode” to assess damage and restore as many customers as quickly as we can.

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Thunderstorms bring power outages, sleet

August 2nd, 2014 by Mike

Noon: This morning’s thunderstorms have resulted in numerous small outages around Seattle, but only one two in  Maple Leaf, affecting 36 37 customers.

The cause was lightning.

Col. Anthony Bolante, a neighbor, tweeted: “I just saw/felt a lightning bolt touch down on Phinney Ridge while in my living room on Maple Leaf hill! Now, it’s sleeting!”

So far it’s only rained .05 inches at Maple Leaf Life South, but it came down in a hella hurry.

Cliff Mass has posted on the storms under the head: “Thunderfest over Western Washington.”

In a special weather statement, the National Weather Service in Seattle said: “If thunder roars, head indoors!” It has counted 35 164 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in the lowlands in western Washington around Puget Sound.

The Seattle City Light power outage map is here.

The forecast, though, is for sunny and 82 degrees this afternoon.

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Local power outages after nearly 4 inches of rain in six days

March 6th, 2014 by Mike

Lights flickering? Yes.

This morning around 144 of our neighbors to the east are without power after a rainy night that brought an additional .79 inches of rain and more winds.

That outage started shortly after 1 a.m., according to Seattle City Light. The cause is given as “equipment failure.”

And lights are blinking here in Maple Leaf at 7:45 a.m.

Six days into March, we have had nearly 4 inches of rain (3.91 inches here at Maple Leaf Life South).

The forecast: More rain today, slackening this afternoon. Perhaps a dry spot on Friday. Rain over the weekend.

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