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The Latest: Crews work to restore power after windstorms

January 6, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on the Pacific Northwest windstorms (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

Crews have been working to restore power to thousands of residents in Washington and Oregon following a weekend windstorm.

Puget Sound Energy said Sunday that since the peak of the storm it had restored electricity to 147,000 customers. It said that as of 2:30 p.m., about 148,000 customers remained without power.

The utility reported downed power lines and poles and substation outages.

Other utilities in the two states also were working to get the power to others.

The National Weather Service in Seattle says the storm brought winds that registered gusts of about 60 mph (96 kph) at Sea-Tac Airport in Washington.

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9:40 a.m.

Hundreds of thousands of people were without electricity after strong windstorms hit parts of Washington and Oregon late Saturday and early Sunday.

The National Weather Service reports winds included gusts of about 60 mph at Sea-Tac Airport in Washington.

Alaska Airlines said it had grounded all its flights between 4:20 a.m. and 5:15 a.m. Sunday after a power outage in the Seattle area, where its operations are based.

Puget Sound Energy reported about 218,000 of its customers were without power as of 6 a.m. Sunday. The company, on its website, said that while it would be working as quickly as possible, some customers could be without power for “multiple days.”

KOMO reports other utilities in Washington also reported outages.

Thousands also were without power Sunday morning in parts of Oregon.

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