Crews continue work to restore power after Pacific Northwest storm

Crews continue to work Tuesday to restore power after windstorms pummeled parts of Washington state and Oregon Sunday and left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity, officials said.

Puget Sound Energy said as of Monday night, it had restored electricity to nearly 320,000 customers, but on Tuesday morning, more than 11,000 customers across the Puget Sound region were still without power.

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Puget Sound Energy said its crews were working with teams from out of state and British Columbia.

We also have safety crews, road flaggers and hundreds of support staff working around the clock to restore power. Thanks for your patience, as we continue our restoration efforts!

Early Tuesday, there were 529 outages across Puget Sound. Some areas include Bellingham, Thurston County, Auburn, Kent, Issaquah, east King County, South King County, and the Eastside.

The outages have closed a few schools. In the Kent School District, Crestwood and Grass Lake Elementary are closed. All other schools in the district are open.

On Sunday, the utility reported downed power lines and poles and substation outages. In a statement on its website Sunday, it said some customers could be without power for "multiple days" due the damage to its system -- and that has proved to be true in some areas.

The storm brought winds that registered gusts of about 60 mph at Sea-Tac Airport in Washington, the National Weather Service in Seattle said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.