Nearly 5,000 lose power across North Kitsap during overnight wind storm

A windstorm knocked out power to many Puget Sound Energy customers across North Kitsap last night. As of 2 p.m. today, a handful of customers remained without power in Hansville.

Puget Sound Energy’s Andrew Padula said at the peak of the storm the Poulsbo area experienced 2,046 customers without power, all of which have since been restored.

In the Hansville and Kingston areas Padula said there were about 2,800 customers who lost power and as of around 2 p.m. some 13 customers had yet to have power restored. Padula said PSE hoped to have those customers back up and running this afternoon.

Most of the outages, Padula said, came as a result of high winds from a storm system that moved in during the evening hours on Thursday, knocking branches and trees down onto lines.

“We had some knowledge of a system moving in so we were prepared,” Padula said. “We’re still dealing with some [other] areas where they’re working on some outages.”

According to Jody Matson, a spokesperson for Poulsbo Fire Department, firefighters responded to a number of calls related to the windstorm yesterday evening as well.

Firefighters were contacted around 5:15 p.m. for downed wires on Hallman Road NW and Sherman Hill Road in Poulsbo. At 8:42 p.m. firefighters responded to another call of downed wires on the 19000 block of Noll Road NE in Poulsbo. At 9 p.m. firefighters responded to call for wires arcing in the 3000 block of South Bridge Way near the Hood Canal Bridge, where responders simply marked off the unsafe area and contacted Puget Sound Energy.

Matson added that no injuries were reported as a result of the storms.

—Nick Twietmeyer is a reporter with Kitsap News Group. Nick can be reached at ntwietmeyer@soundpublishing.com.

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