What to do when the power goes out

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Damaging winds and rain caused power outages in homes across King County yesterday. Many homes are still without power today due to strong winds coupled with stressed trees that still have their leaves. In gusty winds, that means trees can topple more easily and damage power equipment, and branches can take flight and hit power lines. 

With the high winds anticipated today and into Tuesday, new power outages remain a possibility. Estimated restoration times are determined based on multiple factors, including damage severity, number of damage points on the electric system, available resources, weather or access challenges, and historical storm response data. Puget Sound Energy’s storm response crews are working at full capacity to restore power to customers as it is safe to do so. So far, over 141,000 households have lost power, with over 116,000 outages restored so far. Currently, 25,000 households remain without power.

Here is some important information to keep in mind as we deal with the impacts of the stormy weather:

Safety first!

  • Never touch or go within 35 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized. Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.

If you are without power, remember:

  • Never use a natural gas range for heating, or charcoal as an indoor heating or cooking source.
  • If you’re using portable heaters, keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.
  • Always use flashlights instead of candles.

How to report and track power outages:

Find more tips on what to do if the power goes out at King County’s Emergency Preparedness website.

The restoration process takes time in a widespread wind event – especially with active weather still occurring – but know that PSE crews are working to restore power as quickly as possible.

Stay safe,

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Reagan Dunn
Vice Chair
Metropolitan King County Council