GAMBLEWOOD — Power was expected to be restored by 1:30 p.m. Monday to the North Kitsap area, after a felled tree brought down powerlines near Port Gamble earlier in the morning.
An outage was reported just before 7 a.m., according to MacKenzie McDowell, spokeswoman for Puget Sound Energy. High winds caused a tree to fall on highline powerlines near the Port Gamble substation. A highline system carries higher voltage power to substations, which then carries electricity to neighborhoods on a distribution system.
McDowell said about 3,500 customers were affected in the Kingston, Port Gamble and Poulsbo areas. By 12:30 p.m., power to 2,837 customers had been restored. McDowell said within the next hour the utility expected to restore power to the remaining affected customers.
McDowell said residents should prepare for wind and rain storms as we head into winter: keep the PSE phone number handy to call and report outages, and if you come across a downed powerline, call PSE or 911 but do not touch the wires or the tree.
PSE recommends residents go to takewinterbystorm.org for tips on winter weather preparedness:
— Create an emergency preparedness kit with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your home and office. Kits prepared for vehicle road travel and winter weather evacuation go-kits are also advised.
— Make a plan and practice the plan with your family and those who depend on you.
— Stay informed and know the weather approaching so you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.