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Posted on: September 23, 2020

Hello Fall: Be Prepared with Stormy Weather Tips

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Hello, Fall!  

Heavy rain and some gusty weather moved into the Puget Sound region overnight - and there continues to be the potential for some power outages Wednesday, September 23rd. 

Puget Sound Energy has informed the City it will continue to monitor weather conditions, but in the meantime, offered the below information on preparing for storms.   

Ready to respond 

  • The National Weather Service forecasts heavy rain and windy conditions in locations around our service area today, Wednesday, Sept. 23. 
  • PSE is closely watching weather conditions and crews ready to respond system to power outages in its service area. 
  • PSE crews deploy with assignments when outages occur and as soon as it’s safe to do so. 
  • PSE prepares its electric system for storms year-round, including trimming trees and completing electric reliability projects to strengthen its system. 

Concerns with trees, wind and rain 

  • Many trees still have their leaves. In stiff and gusty winds, that means they can topple more easily and damage power equipment, and branches can take flight and hit power lines. 
  • Certain trees remain impacted from hot and dry conditions this summer. In strong winds, they can deteriorate very quickly and collapse. 
  • With heavy rainfall forecasted this week, the ground will become saturated. That may further destabilize trees, making them more susceptible to collapsing. 

Preparedness and safety 

  • Make sure to have emergency supplies on hand at home and in your vehicle, such as extra batteries, flashlights and food
  • Have a battery-powered radio ready to go 
  • Charge cell phones and mobile devices in case the power goes out 
  • Avoid opening and closing refrigerators and freezers more often than necessary. A closed refrigerator will stay cold for up to 12 hours. 
  • Turn off lights and unplug all appliances and sensitive electronic equipment, such as computers, to prevent an overload on your circuits when electric service is restored. Leave one light on to let you know when service returns. 
  • Download the myPSE app to track and report outages, check status and get estimated restoration times, or visit 

Safety first. 

  • Never touch downed power lines because they might be energized. Stay at least 35 feet away from any downed line and call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems. 
  • Do not use a charcoal or gas grill to cook indoors or to heat your home. Both can cause a buildup of poisonous carbon monoxide gas. 
  • Always use flashlights instead of candles.


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