Wind storm knocks out power to over 258,000 customers in Northwest

Powerful winds knocked out power to at least 258,451 customers in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia starting March 9 and extending into Thursday March 10.

As of 3:30 p.m. EST Thursday, 176,807 customers remained without power. Wind gusts of up to 67 miles per hour (mph) were reported, downing trees and power lines. That’s according to a daily outage report from the Department of Energy (DOE).

BC Hydro, the hardest hit utility with 135,000 customer outages, said all available crews were working to restore power. Puget Sound Energy (PSE), which reported 56,630 customer outages, said unsafe weather conditions would slow restoration efforts.

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