Power outages, road debris force Kent schools to close Monday

  • Monday, January 7, 2019 9:36am
  • News

All Kent School District schools are closed Monday because of continued power outages throughout the district and the remaining debris that needs to be cleared on roadways from Sunday’s severe windstorm.

A forceful windstorm moved through the Puget Sound region early Sunday, with gusts near 60 mph in some areas, causing widespread power outages in the area.

Kent schools’ central administrative office is open.

There is no preschool, no out-of-district transportation and all evening events and activities are cancelled, the school district said.

Puget Sound Energy crews worked through the night to assess damage, remove trees and debris, and restore power to customers impacted by Sunday’s windstorm, with power restored to more than 250,000 customers.

As of 6 a.m. Monday, approximately 55,000 customers were without power, PSE reported.

Damage is heaviest in Pierce and King counties. High winds and resulting tree damage have downed local power lines and poles, and have also caused substation outages. Fallen trees are impacting road access in some areas, and are making damage assessment challenging in some locations, PSE reported.

More in News

Jury convicts Kent man of dealing meth

Caught on tape making sale to confidential informant

City of Kent to allow light manufacturing downtown

Effort to open vacant land to more uses

After being homeless, Christy X (pictured) moved into her Coniston Arms Apartments unit in Seattle at the beginning of 2019. She had bounced around from shelters to friends’ places after facing an eviction at her West Seattle apartment in October 2018. A diversion program run by the nonprofit Mary’s Place helped her find housing. File photo
State lawmakers consider eviction reform legislation

Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, is bill’s prime sponsor.

Warning period to end for drivers speeding in two Kent school zones

Police to issue tickets to drivers caught by cameras at Springbrook, Meadow Ridge

Possible gang ties in Kent Station shooting last week

18-year-old injured victim remains uncooperative with police

Sound Transit Board member to seek removal of Kent site for light rail facility

Upthegrove wants Lowe’s/Dick’s Drive-In location taken off list for multiple reasons

United Methodist vote has churches’ future in question

Congregations debate separation following gay-clergy, same-sex marriage ban.

Tahoma National Cemetery to honor Vietnam veterans

Tahoma National Cemetery presents the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony at… Continue reading

Puget Sound Fire call report

Type, number of incidents

Most Read