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Subject:   Stormy, Windy Weather Alert
For Immediate Release:   
12/13/2006  9:40:00 AM
For More Information Contact:
Faylene Neal – (206) 684-3683
24-hour media line – (206) 386-4233
Power Outage Hotline – (206) 684-7400


Stormy, Windy Weather Alert
Next two days predicted to be extremely windy


SEATTLE - High wind alert! Seattle City Light is experiencing a number of power outages and "cycles" (when lights flicker) throughout our service area. The National Weather Service is calling for high winds to last until Friday. Crews are on alert and line service trucks are fully stocked in order to respond to weather-related outages.

"What we are seeing is a number of weather incidents," states Jorge Carrasco, superintendent of Seattle City Light. "Some of these incidents are very isolated and involve only a few homes when a transformer blows. Other customers may see their lights flicker when there is a brief interruption. We encourage customers to call our Outage Hotline (206) 684-7400 to report any outages or to provide us with information on isolated outages that don't show up on a system map," adds Carrasco. Customers can view up-dated outage information on City Light's website: www.seattle.gov/light.

To prepare for possible outages, Seattle City Light recommends customers put together an emergency kit for the home or office.

Emergency kits should include flashlights, fresh batteries, wind-up clock, portable radio, mylar blankets and a manual can-opener. A supply of canned and dry food is recommended along with surge protectors for sensitive electronic equipment.

What to Do When The Lights Go Out

  • Check your circuit breaker or a fuse box first. Learn how to reset the circuit breaker or safely change a fuse, and keep proper spares.
  • Look around the neighborhood to see if your neighbor's lights are off.
  • Call Customer Service at (206) 684-3000 to report the outage or call the Power Outage Hotline at (206) 684-7400 to hear a recorded message about current outages and power restoration updates. If your neighborhood is not listed, then stay on the line to provide your address and additional information.
  • Dress in layers to conserve body heat.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights for illumination. Avoid candles, oil lamps or anything with an open flame.
  • Close doors, windows, curtains and unused fireplace dampers to keep heat from escaping.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible to keep food fresh. A full refrigerator will maintain safe temperatures for up to six hours; a full freezer for up to two days. Discard at-risk refrigerated foods that are warmer than 45 degrees F. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Do not use an open flame for cooking. Also, do not use a portable barbecue grill inside the house for cooking.
  • Check your home alarm system. Some home alarm systems are triggered by power outages.
  • Use hot water sparingly. Most hot water tanks will retain heat for up to 24 hours.
  • Unplug or turn off sensitive electronic equipment to protect it from power surges.
  • Note that cordless phones will not work without electricity. Have a cell phone or corded phone available.
  • Locate and use the manual override for your electric garage doors or gates.
  • Leave one or two lights on to alert you that service is restored.
  • When power is restored, turn on electrical appliances gradually. Sudden heavy consumption can drain the electrical system and extend the outage.

For more information, please see the Seattle City Light web site for more information and outage up-dates: www.seattle.gov/light

Customers: Please report any outages on the Outage Hotline (206) 684-7400 if an outage in your area isn't listed.

Media: A reminder, the media line is (206) 386-4233. The City Light outage information on the web will be kept current.


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