A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Tree causes power outage in Greenwood, including Fred Meyer and Safeway

June 15th, 2017 by Doree

Update: According to City Light’s outage map, power has been restored to all customers.

Earlier: Power is out to about 400 Seattle City Light customers in Greenwood, roughly between North/NW 85th Street up to 92nd Street, and between Phinney Avenue North and 3rd Avenue North.

Fred Meyer is one of the businesses affected. James was there at 5:30 p.m. and tells me workers were covering the food displays but the cash registers still worked.

According to City Light’s outage map, the outage was caused by a tree at about 4:45 p.m. Power is expected to be restored by 7:48 p.m.

Update 7:15 p.m.: A Fred Meyer employee just told me by phone the store has a backup generator that is powering the registers and about half the lights in the store. But there’s no power to the deli, dairy or frozen grocery areas.

Update 7:35 p.m.: A Safeway employee just told me by phone that the store is still open and cash registers are working, however, the store can’t sell hot or cold items.

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High winds causing power outages all over town

August 29th, 2015 by Doree

If you look at Seattle City Light’s outage map, you’ll see that much of Fremont and parts of Ballard are without power. However, so far Phinney Ridge and Greenwood appear to have few problems.

But because of continuing high winds, Woodland Park Zoo is closed for today.

Please let us know in Comments or email us at tips@phinneywood.com if you’ve lost power or had other problems because of the high winds.

To report an outage to City Light, call 206-684-3000 or 206-684-7400.

Washington State Department of Transportation is reporting many blocking incidents on freeways.

KING 5 is reporting High Wind Warnings in 11 counties, and reports that two people are dead after being hit by falling trees or branches.

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Power outage shuts down Green Bean Tuesday afternoon, Razzi’s Pizzeria steps in to store refrigerated items

August 24th, 2011 by Doree

Summer Mohrlang from the Green Bean Coffeehouse tells us that the coffee shop had a partial power outage on its block at 86th and Greenwood at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The coffee shop had to shut down at 2 p.m. because the espresso machine wasn’t working, but the refrigerators and freezers had power.

Several hours later, however, power was lost to the refrigerators and freezers. Mohrlang said Razzi’s Pizzeria next door, which did not lose power, allowed Green Bean workers to transfer all of the refrigerated and frozen items to Razzi’s overnight. Mohrlang said the Green Bean would have lost hundreds of dollars worth of stock without that help from Razzi’s.

Mohrlang sent this picture of four utility trucks parked behind Green Bean at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, still trying to restore power.

Seattle City Light tells me the outage was caused by a bad cable, and that 173 customers lost power. Power to 172 of those – all except the Green Bean – was restored at 7:16 p.m. Utility crews continued working on the big junction box behind the Green Bean, and finally restored power to the coffee shop at 11:46 p.m.

Mark Morhlang told me this morning that the Green Bean will be opening late today, at 12 p.m., after employees move all their product back over from Razzi’s.

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Power outage in Phinney & Greenwood this morning

January 1st, 2011 by Doree

Seattle City light crews restored power to a large swath of the neighborhood after the power went out at about 7:30 a.m. today About 2,600 homes and businesses were affected from downed wires at the intersection of North 72nd Street and Dayton Avenue North. The power was back on at about 8:15 a.m.

City Light said the general boundaries of the outage were Third Avenue on the west, Aurora Avenue on the east, 60th Street on the south and 105th Street on the north. Not all homes and businesses in that area were affected.

Reader DeeVee said City Light worked quickly to remove the downed wires and get the power back on. “Kudos to the crew for the fast work and for keeping the curious citizens informed.”

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