Wind storm in Seattle knocks out power for many — along with radio stations KUOW and KEXP

KUOW streaming
(KUOW via Twitter)

A powerful wind and rain storm that targeted the Puget Sound region and Seattle on Monday evening took out trees and power lines — and also knocked two of the city’s radio stations off the air.

KUOW 94.9, the National Public Radio station in Seattle, and KEXP 90.3, the city’s public indie rock station, were both reduced to static on radio airwaves as high winds moved into the area in the late afternoon.

KUOW tweeted at 5 p.m. that the station was experiencing issues with its signal. Another tweet closer to 6 p.m. said that engineers were on the way to deal with a down transmitter.

We are experiencing issues with our broadcast right now. You can still listen online while we work to fix the issue

— KUOW Public Radio (@KUOW) November 14, 2017

Yes, we have engineers on the way to our transmitter as we Tweet. Streaming is available online at, but our broadcast is down

— KUOW Public Radio (@KUOW) November 14, 2017

It’s our evil conspiracy to make you miss us? Or else lightning may have struck our antenna on Capitol Hill and we’re working to get back on air asap! (@anndornfeld‘s husband was nearby and saw lightning strike tower rt when @kuow went off air)

— heyjohnryan (@heyjohnryan) November 14, 2017

KUOW’s website says that its “powerful 100,000 watt signal” originates from a transmitter on Seattle’s Capitol Hill and reaches east to the Cascade Mountains, west to the Olympic Mountains, south into Pierce and Thurston counties, and north into Snohomish, Skagit and Island counties.

Both stations stream their broadcasts online, and that service was uninterrupted during the storm.

We apologize to those desperately tuning to 94.9 right now. We’re still working on getting our signal back on air.

— KUOW Public Radio (@KUOW) November 14, 2017

The National Weather Service in Seattle tweeted numerous updates throughout the day on Monday related to the storm.

Stay safe out there everyone! Over 60K out of power in #Seattle. Gusts of 65-70+ MPH recorded in parts of the city. #wawx #wawind

— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) November 14, 2017

A gust of 52 MPH just recorded at #SeaTac Airport. #wawx #wawind

— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) November 14, 2017