• Power outages leave thousands of North Sound residents in the dark

    By: Deborah Horne

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    The Thanksgiving weekend storm toppled trees and downed power lines in the North Sound.

    "It was windy here earlier today," said Randy Sabella, Snohomish County Public Utility District crew foreman. "But we're just now starting to get into the problem. Just a tree branch broke loose and fell onto the power line, took the power line out. Brought one of the phasers down."

    Sabella predicted it would take them about 90 minutes to get the power back on.

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    Sabella said there's work to do to restore power. "Well, have to ground the line, cut the wire down, put it back together and pull it back up. That's the simplified version of it," he said.

    Power line repairs were a familiar sight for residents from Camano Island and Stanwood to Arlington and Oso. Fierce wind blew through the entire area around noon on Sunday. At the height of the storm, more than 3,200 customers were in the dark.  

    Bill, a Sisco Heights resident told KIRO 7 that they’ve had power outages in the past but that Sunday’s was a mild one. 

    "It's going to be busy tonight," said Sabella. But Sabella and his crew see a silver lining.  

    "Yeah, at least it wasn't on Thanksgiving Day," he said, smiling. "There would have been a lot of upset people then."

    A couple of residents told KIRO 7 that a large tree blocked the roadway for at least a couple of hours. And since no crew was in sight, they thought it would be some time before they get their power back.

    They are among just a few hundred customers in the North Sound still in the dark.

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