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UPDATE: Wind Storm Causing Outages, Downed Trees

We'll keep you posted about the latest strom developments here on Patch. Please send news tips to gigharbor@patch.com. Readers can also follow up on Facebook and on Twitter at @GHarborPatch.

Updated: 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

Peninsula Light Company tweeted that all known outages have been restored. If you are still out of power, please call back in to the outage line at 253-853-1388.

Updated: 9:27 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

With  only minimal damage reported, sporadic power outages  and  several roads closed in the County, the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center returned to Level 1 operations at 9 a.m. Monday, as the high winds started to die down. Level 1 means the duty officer will continue to monitor the situation.

For more information, contact 253-798-6595.

Original post:

As of 6 a.m. Monday, several Gig Harbor communities are without power due to high winds, according to Peninsula Light Company's Twitter page.

Power outages in the following areas:

  • Crew heading to Ford Dr outage, 75 meters out of power
  • Goodrich Drive due to down powerlines, crew in route, 160 without power
  • Key Center south to Home without power including Key Peninsula Middle School
  • Lakebay area - approximately 900 members out
  • Sehmel/North Rosedale Warren Dr/Ford Hill area
  • Goodnough, Sehmel and Woodhill

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a high wind warning until 4 p.m. Monday to Western Washington areas including Gig Harbor. 

To report an outage, contact Peninsula Light Company at 253-853-1388.

We'll keep you posted about the latest strom developments here on Patch. Please send news tips to gigharbor@patch.com. Readers can also follow up on Facebook and on Twitter at @GHarborPatch.

For more tips on dealing with heavy rain, see this checklist on Take Winter by Storm, a group formed by public and private utilities of Western Washington.

At 4 a.m. Monday, the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center opened in response to the December Windstorm. The EOC is staffed at a level two – basic staffing.

To reach the Pierce County EOC, call 253-798-7470. More information to follow.

Akiko Oda December 17, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Outage in the Thomas Rd area near Key Center, 145 without power due to down power lines from fallen tree. No estimated time of restoration
Akiko Oda December 17, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Quick reminder from @wsdot_traffic: If you see a dark intersection (no lights) treat it as a 4-way stop.” Use extra caution this AM.
Akiko Oda December 17, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Ford Dr has been restored.
Akiko Oda December 17, 2012 at 03:56 PM
@wsdot_tacoma: Severe side-wind warning for the Tacoma Narrows Bridges - hold on to that steering wheel w/ both hands!
Akiko Oda December 17, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Crews are working on the outage from Key Center south to Home. No estimated time of restoration.
Akiko Oda December 17, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Outages remain in the following areas: Delano/South Head, Thomas Road, Goodrich Rd, Allen Pt & Palmer Lk.
Harborite December 17, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Parking lot of the Purdy shopping center is under water...tide is high :o)
Akiko Oda December 17, 2012 at 05:38 PM
If you happen to have a camera on you, snap a photo and upload to Patch!
Gina December 17, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Any updates on power restoration off of Creviston Rd and 124th? We are still without power.
Akiko Oda December 17, 2012 at 05:58 PM
30 minutes ago: We still have approx 200 members without power mainly due to trees/branches in the lines. The main system is back in service.

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