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PSE expects to restore Whatcom County power by midnight Friday

See some of the March 10 windstorm damage around Bellingham

Footage of windstorm impact at Home Depot, Lettered Streets Neighborhood, Squalicum Harbor and other places on Thursday, March 10, in Bellingham, Wash.
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Footage of windstorm impact at Home Depot, Lettered Streets Neighborhood, Squalicum Harbor and other places on Thursday, March 10, in Bellingham, Wash.

More than 2,000 Puget Sound Energy customers across Whatcom County remained without electricity as of 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, one day after a severe windstorm blew through Whatcom County.

PSE reported Friday afternoon that it hoped to have all power restored by midnight Friday. Crews were moving from outage to outage all day and were to work into the night.

Those who have their power restored may want to prepare for another possible outage. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Sunday afternoon through evening. Southeast to south winds of 20 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are possible. That was about the forecast for the storm that blew through Thursday; it turned out to be more powerful than the NWS expected.

People should check forecasts through the weekend for the latest information.

The fallout from the storm continued Friday across the county. Some businesses remained shuttered. Sumas Elementary was closed because power hadn’t been restored to the area by the morning. No other schools reported closures Friday.

Wind gusts at Bellingham International Airport hit 67 mph during the storm, according to the National Weather Service. A weather spotter in Edgemoor recorded an 81 mph gust on Thursday.

More than 12,000 PSE customers lost power during the storm. The exact number is hard to determine because as soon as crews fixed one outage Thursday morning, the winds caused another one.

Those without power can check the status of outages on the online PSE outage map, or download the PSE app to see it. Though most of the outage reports say the estimated restoration is 11:59 p.m. Friday, PSE said some would be restored much earlier than that.

An estimated 145,000 customers across western Washington lost power during Thursday’s storm. PSE shifted crews north to work on the areas hardest hit.

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