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Posted on: December 20, 2018

Widespread Power Outages Due to High Winds

Miller Road Tree

3:30 Update

The significant storm issues have subsided on Bainbridge Island, but the widespread power outage continues. PSE’s outage map remains out of service and there is no estimated time for restoration of services. 

There are many fallen trees and power lines across the island. Please remember - safety first! Never touch or go within 30 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized. Please call 911 to report. 

City Hall will be closing today at 3:30 p.m.

Please see the storm cleanup guide from Kitsap County Solid Waste Division here


There is a widespread power outage on Bainbridge Island due to the windstorm. All stop lights are out on SR 305.

BIPD, BIFD and Operations & Maintenance crews have responded to numerous calls for trees and power lines down. Please remember - safety first! Never touch or go within 30 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized. Please call 911 to report.

No injuries have been reported in the storm.

According to PSE’s service alert, PSE is aware of issues with the outage map and online outage reporting and is working to fix them as soon as possible. PSE does not yet know the full assessment of the number of customers without power in the service area. PSE has opened its Emergency Coordination Center and local storm bases to coordinate restoration efforts.

As of 1:20 p.m., City Hall remains open and staffed during the outage.

For the latest updates on the storm, please sign up for Nixle emergency notifications and/or follow the City’s social media.

Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry Alert: 
High winds forced the cancellation of Kitsap Fast Ferries sailings this afternoon. Buses in Kingston, Bainbridge to transport Kingston Fast Ferry customers to their destinations. Details at

Status of Businesses:

  • Safeway, located at 253 High School Rd, is open during the outage. They are selling dry goods only - no deli or frozen foods. The Starbucks (inside the store) is also open. Customers may experience long lines due to limited registers open.

Safety Tips:

During the outage, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. More information:

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