Blustery start to fall: Wind, rain, lights out

by: Chris Legeros Updated:


SEATTLE - About 280 customers of Seattle City Light suddenly didn't have light Sunday afternoon.

All of the homes were either in northeast Seattle along the Lake Washington waterfront, or on a bluff in Lake Forest Park.

A tree fell over the Burke Gilman Trail into power lines. Dr. Karl Voegtlin said he was watching the Seahawks game on TV when the screen went dark.

He went outside to see smoke billowing from a utility pole. One of his neighbors, Dr. Tim Carey, was actually in his seat at the Seahawks game when he got a text message that the police were parked in front of his home.

A patrol car blocked traffic on Riviera Place Northeast until the tree could be cut down, and the line repaired.

Cyclists and pedestrians on the trail were also detoured around the fallen tree.

By Sunday evening power had been restored to most of the homes in Lake Forest Park.

Seattle City Light estimated that 97 homes along the Lake Washington waterfront would get their power restored early Monday morning.