Power outage threatens Thanksgiving plans for some on Kitsap Peninsula

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. – Work crews scrambled to restore power to thousands of customers on the Kitsap Peninsula after Tuesday’s strong winds toppled trees into power lines across the county.

Puget Sound Energy said it hopes to reconnect all customers to the grid by Wednesday evening, but they’re also telling some customers to have a backup plan for their Thanksgiving feasts just in case.

For the second time in a week, downed trees littered Elle Tatum’s property.

“Those trees had me in fear for 20 years,” she said. “One good thing is they’re down now.”

Crews worked throughout Tuesday night to reconnect tens of thousands of customers who had been left in the dark, but many are still without power.

A large tree fell near Debbie Dickinson’s home and it crashed onto a neighbor’s car.

“I heard this huge crack and my eyes were open for a few seconds and it fell,” she said. “It was incredible.”

Megan Livingston’s family has been in the dark since Tuesday night. Now she is making new plans for Thanksgiving.

“I think we might just have peanut butter and jelly,” she said. “That might be what our Thanksgiving is all about.”

Fewer than 10,000 customers were without power by early Wednesday evening.

Kitsap County opened a pair of cold weather stations in both Bremerton (832 6th Street) and Kingston (1212 NE SR 104) for those who don’t have anywhere warm to go.