Large Windstorm Rolls Through Seattle

Winds and rain are kicking up this afternoon in Seattle and other outlying neighborhoods. Many customers could experience power outages from the windstorm.

If you experience an outage, call (206) 684-3000 to report it and visit the Seattle City Light outage map to follow updates on restoration work. City Light’s outage map is mobile friendly.

Seattle City Light wants you to be prepared. Below are some tips to stay safe and warm during an outage.

  • Try to retain as much heat as possible. Close windows, curtains, unused fireplace dampers, and dress in layers to conserve body heat.
  • Use hot water sparingly. Most hot water tanks will retain heat for up to 24 hours.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer closed as much as possible. A full refrigerator will maintain safe temperatures for up to 6 hours; a full freezer up to 2 days.
  • Use generators with care during a power outage. Never plug them in to your home circuitry. Instead, plug in appliances directly into the outlets on the generator. Most importantly, never use a portable generator indoors.
  • Downed power lines are extremely dangerous. If you come across any downed lines, stay at least 30 feet away and do not approach or touch anything in contact with the wire as it could be live.
  • If you experience a prolonged outage, be sure to turn off electrical appliances to prevent fires and equipment damage.


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