PORT ANGELES — A fault on a Bonneville Power Administration transmission line serving the West End knocked out electrical power to more than 6,300 customers on Thursday morning but service was restored by 5 p.m.
Everyone west of Lake Crescent had lost power by about 9 a.m. Thursday.
A BPA crew arrived from Olympia at about noon Thursday and patrolled the line with a helicopter, according to Nicole Hartman, Clallam County Public Utility District spokesperson.
The crew didn’t find anything and so they re-energized the line to see if it would hold, Hartman said. That blew the perceived number of outages up to more than 9,000 but the number didn’t reflect the true number of outages. It was due to smart meters that instantly reported a split second loss of electricity when the line was re-energized.
By 5 p.m., only one outage was reported on the PUD map online.