High winds knocked out power to 102,000 customers in Oregon, Washington

Strong winds, with gusts of 60 miles per hour (mph), knocked out power to 102,000 customers in Oregon and Washington on Tuesday afternoon March 1, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) was the hardest hit utility with 60,000 customer outages, and it reported damage to two transmission lines and two substations.

PSE said most customers in Kitsap County, Washington, should have power restored March 2 though some customers in remote areas or areas with significant damage will not have power until early March 3.

Also on the West Coast, DOE reported that 253 MW of electric generating capacity at Blythe Energy natural gas plant in California returned to service March 1.

Meanwhile back East, Storms producing high winds knocked out power to 34,785 customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia on the night of March 1. Wind gusts reached up to 40 mph.

American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) Appalachian Power said downed power lines and trees continued to the outage problems.

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