Two major power outages in one day kept Mason PUD 3 busy through the early hours of March 2.
In the first outage, which began Monday morning at 11:45, PUD 3 and personnel from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) restored high voltage electricity to a substation west of Shelton that serves nearly 2,700 customers. The outage appears to have been related to a problem with power lines just south of BPA’s substation in the Mountain View area of Shelton. Power was restored at 12:30 PM.
The second outage response was due to a strong windstorm that tore through Mason County yesterday afternoon. A wind gust of 66 miles per hour registered at Shelton’s Sanderson Field at 2:17 in the afternoon. Regular gusts of 40 miles per hour or higher were recorded through the afternoon.
Nearly 4,700 PUD 3 customers lost power in the windstorm, with the first calls coming just past 2:00 PM. The hardest hit area was the Tahuya Peninsula where about 3,400 customers were affected. PUD crews were in the mop up stage of restoration by 2:00 AM Wednesday.