Puget Sound Energy (PSE), which serves customers in nine Washington counties, yesterday announced that the scope of damage to PSE's electric system from Friday's windstorm is unprecedented. Because the storm's damage is so severe, PSE confirmed it will take most of this week to restore power to everyone.

"Puget Sound Energy has now successfully repaired the core backbone of our system - our high-voltage transmission grid - and restored power to more than 530,000 of the 700,000 customers who lost service after last week's unprecedented windstorm," said Sue McLain, senior vice president of operations. "We are now tackling the hardest-hit residential neighborhoods. In many of these areas, field crews -- after first clearing downed trees and debris -- must re-build the distribution system from the substation to customers' doors."

PSE now has more than 420 crews, representing more than 2000 workers, involved in the restoration effort. Besides local crews, PSE has enlisted nearly 170 additional crews from across the western United States and Canada, and another two dozen crews were arriving yesterday from Missouri.