Mayor urges caution during Sunday’s windstorm

With Seattle experiencing high winds and additional rainfall Sunday afternoon, the City of Seattle recommends that residents exercise caution when traveling and defer trips until after the storm has passed. City officials also ask all residents to avoid any downed power lines for their own safety and contact the City immediately should they discover one.

The recent extended period of rain has left some trees more vulnerable to soil failure in high winds. The windstorm has knocked down more than 25 trees, disrupted traffic signals and caused approximately 47,000 customers to lose power across the city. Crews from Seattle City Light, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Seattle Parks and Recreation, and other city departments are currently at work addressing the storm’s impacts.

“My thoughts are with the family of the victims from today’s tragic incident in Seward Park, and I urge all residents to exercise caution while this windstorm is in effect. If possible, please postpone any plans to travel until the storm passes,” Mayor Ed Murray said. “I want to thank Seattle’s First Responders and all City crews, including crews from Seattle City Light, SDOT and Parks, who will be working continuously into the evening, braving fierce winds and rain to clear debris, repair power lines and keep traffic moving.”

Current power outage locations can be seen online at http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/. To report a power outage, residents should call Seattle City Light at 206.684.3000 or 206.684.7400. Downed trees in the right of way or nonfunctioning traffic signals can be reported to SDOT at 206.684.7623. All roadway users are reminded to treat signals that are out of service as all-way stops.