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Widespread Power Outages in Puget Sound; Ice Storm Warning Extended

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According to the Seattle Times, more than 120,000 customers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are without power this morning due to heavy snow, ice and falling trees hitting power lines.

The National Weather Service has extended the Ice Storm Warning until 2:00pm PST. It was originally scheduled until noon. The NWS is forecasting between .25 and .75 inches of ice over much of the Puget Sound region today, including Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Olympia and Bremerton. Freezing rain is expected through this afternoon.

As many as 90,000 customers of Puget Sound Energy were without electrical service this morning, according to the Seattle Times. And the NWS says additional outages are likely as more ice accumulates.

PSE’s Spokesman Roger Thompson told the Seattle Times that some areas without power may not have power restored until Friday, Saturday or even later.

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