Power outages, road debris force Kent schools to close Monday

  • Monday, January 7, 2019 9:36am
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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.

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