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Power restored to most homes, but thousands still in the dark

SEATTLE - Power crews working around the clock restored electrical service to thousands of homes darkened by last week's epic storms while keeping their fingers crossed that incoming weather systems wouldn't undo their efforts.

Terri-Ann Betancourt of Puget Sound Energy said the number of customers without power had been whittled down to about 79,000 by 4 p.m. Sunday.

But she said gusty winds from an incoming storm already were causing new power outages in the Snoqualmie and North Bend areas - and the number could continue to grow if winds pick up and become more widespread.

Another storm is forecast for Tuesday with more heavy rain and windy conditions.

"With all the ice and snow and freezing rain, we've got trees that are really vulnerable to coming down," she said. "The windstorm just adds to the problem."

Since early Wednesday, PSE crews have restored power to more than 325,000 customers in Western Washington.

In Tacoma, about 600 to 800 still were without power as of 4 p.m. Sunday. In Snohomish County, about 900 remained without electrical service.

At the height of the ice storm on Thursday, more than 300,000 customers lost power across Western Washington as the weight of snow and ice brought down trees and branches across power lines.

About 250 crews brought in from as far away as Arizona and Colorado are working full-time since then to repair damaged lines and restore service.

Puget Sound Energy, the area's largest electrical utility, hopes to have power restored to the vast majority of homes by Sunday night.

But people living in more remote or forested areas may not get their power back until Tuesday or Wednesday or even later, utility officials said.

View an area-specific list showing when service is expected to return in different communities >>

Meanwhile, many homeowners were confronted with property damage from trees falling on homes and vehicles.

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