Energy company went 'Beast Mode' to fix power outages in Seattle area

The weather was an issue for most of the afternoon in Seattle. (USATSI)
The weather was an issue for most of the afternoon in Seattle. (USATSI)

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Not everyone in the Seattle area was able to watch the Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch run all over the Saints in Saturday's NFC Divisional playoff game (though everyone in Western Washington could no doubt feel it). High winds knocked out power for tens of thousands of residents in the area, according to the Associated Press.

Puget Sound Energy reported more than 500 outages affecting roughly 40,000 customers Saturday morning, but added that its crews were channeling Lynch in trying to restore power to those affected.

But unlike Lynch, Puget Sound Energy couldn't come through in time (though, to be fair, inclement weather is slightly more daunting than the Saints' defense), and they ended up asking businesses that were showing the game to open their doors to those without power.

Even as the Seahawks were putting the finishing touches on their win, the power company tweeted that "Continued winds have made it more difficult to predict restoration times as new storm damage occurs," adding that some 36,000 customers remained without power at 4:37 p.m. PT time.

According to the National Weather Service, wind gusts in the region reached 50 mph.

Silver lining: Seahawks play again next weekend in the NFC Championship game.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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