99.9% of residents in San Juan County without power

The entire county lost power at around 5 p.m. and there is no estimated recovery time yet.

SAN JUAN DISTRICT, Wash. — Nearly 15,000, or nearly all San Juan Islands residents, are without power countywide, according to the Orcas Power and Light Co-op (OPALCO).

The entire county lost power around 5 p.m. Thursday, and there is no estimated recovery time.

According to OPALCO, the problem is inland with Puget Sound Energy. The land-based BPA and PSE teams are responding to and investigating the issue and working to make the necessary repairs.

According to the National Weather Service, this outage occurred while the county was receiving a Winter Cold Advisory and a Winter Storm Warning. There will be up to 1 inch of snow accumulation. Low temperatures will stay in the low to mid-20s and gusts can reach 30 mph.

OPALCO wrote to residents, “take out your candles and check on your neighbors.”

OPALCO also suggests turning off most lights and heating so that when they start to restore power, the system won’t be affected as much.

This is an evolving story. Check back for updates.

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Edmund DeMarche

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