More than 6,000 people without electricity Monday evening

PORT ANGELES — Electric customers in the West End lost power Monday night due to an outage on a Bonneville Power Administration line.

The Clallam County Utility District reported 6,464 customers as of 6:45 p.m., including 197 in West Jefferson County without power. The first outages were reported around 6:20 p.m. Monday. The outage affects almost a fifth of PUD customers.

“We don’t know where the line went down,” PUD spokeswoman Nicole Hartman said at 6:45 p.m. Monday.

BPA will give a PUD team in Forks a ‘remote read’ so the team can begin searching for the downed line in the thick forest west of Port Angeles before BPA workers arrive on the northern Olympic Peninsula later Monday night, Hartman said.

We did not know early Monday evening when the electricity will be restored.

BPA has three lines entering Clallam County, Hartman said. Power can be rerouted when lines entering Happy Valley and downtown Port Angeles fail, but the line providing power to the West End cannot.

The East Jefferson County PUD reported a few outages Sunday evening south of Port Ludlow, but none on Monday.

This county dodged the worst of a storm that affected electric customers elsewhere in the state.

The Associated Press reported that nearly 30,000 customers lost power on Monday as the storm brought high winds and rain, including thunderstorms to parts of the Pacific Northwest.

Puget Sound Energy reported more than 260 outages Monday affecting more than 21,000 customers in western Washington. Seattle City Light reported more than 7,200 customers without power around 5 p.m. Monday.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company said more than 18,500 customers lost power in southwest Washington, Portland, Oregon and surrounding areas.

In eastern Washington and northern Idaho, Avista reported more than 5,000 customers were without power Monday afternoon.

A winter storm warning was in effect until 8 a.m. Tuesday for areas of Washington’s Cascade Mountains above 2,500 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy snow is expected with additional accumulations of up to 2 feet as well as gusty winds.

The winter storm warning includes Stevens and Snoqualmie passes. Travel over passes could be difficult and was discouraged, especially later in the day.

A winter storm warning was also in effect for the Olympic Mountains with up to 20 inches of additional snow accumulation possible up to 2,000 to 1,500 feet.

Lowland rains are expected until Tuesday evening.

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Managing Editor Leah Leach can be reached at 360-417-3530 or [email protected].

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