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Strong winds, power outages possible Friday morning

Updated 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9

The National Weather Service is forecasting strong winds early Friday morning. Power outages due to downed trees and branches are possible. The forecast calls for winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts to 50 miles per hour from 1 a.m. to about 10 a.m. Friday in western Washington.

City crews are on standby status in case they are needed to remove debris from roadways. Here are some tips for staying safe in case you do lose electricity:

  • Call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773 to report a power outage. It may be quicker to leave information on PSE's automated phone system. Their service personnel will be notified, and the system provides updates to specific addresses. You can also report it online and check PSE's outage map;
  • Only call 911 for life-threatening emergencies. Call the city's Operations and Maintenance Support line at 425-452-7840 to report trees or other hazards in the roadway;
  • If driving and traffic signals are out, treat the intersection as a four-way stop;
  • For medical needs at home, charge or store extra batteries if possible, for medical equipment (check with your medical supply company and get information regarding a back-up power source such as a battery or generator).

To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

Also, avoid eating spoiled food during power failures. Refrigerated foods should be safe if the doors are kept closed and the power is only out for a few hours. Foods that remain frozen are not a risk. Some foods that have spoiled may still look and smell fine. When in doubt, throw it out. More on food safety during power outages:

For more information about wind and power outages check the city's Emergency Preparedness pages.

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