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Subject:   SEATTLE CITY LIGHT PREPARES FOR WINTER STORM, ASKS CUSTOMERS TO GET READY TOO!
For Immediate Release:   
12/11/2008  3:48:00 PM
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Scott Thomsen  (206) 386-4233


National Weather Service Forecasts Snow and Low Temperatures This Weekend

SEATTLE - Seattle City Light is preparing its crews for a winter storm that is expected to bring rain, snow, wind and cold temperatures to the Puget Sound area through the weekend. And the utility is asking its customers to prepare themselves and their families.

"Living in the Pacific Northwest means you need to be ready for winter storms," Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. "Our crews are ready so that if this storm causes any outages, we can restore power as soon as possible. Even so, we want our customers to be ready in the event an outage cannot be fixed quickly."

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch today with a forecast for rain Friday turning to snow as temperatures drop below freezing through the weekend. Several inches of snow could fall in the Seattle area.

City Light has sufficient crews on standby and supplies stocked to respond to outages that could accompany the storm. Some utility trucks will be fitted with tire chains for the weekend so they will be better able to navigate snowy streets if necessary. Additionally, City Light has enough generating capacity to meet the rise in electricity demand as temperatures drop.

In the event of a large-scale outage, residents should be ready to fend for themselves for at least three days.

One of the best steps is to assemble an emergency kit with at least three days of food and water for each person in the family and any family pets. Other items to include are a hand-crank or battery-operated flashlight and radio, fresh batteries, a survival blanket, a first aid kit, pocket tissues and hand sanitizer wipes. For a complete list of what to include, please visit http://www.govlink.org/3days3ways/.

City Light also reminds people that barbecue grills and emergency generators should never be operated indoors. Doing so could cause fatal carbon monoxide poisoning. If you lose power, dress in layers to stay warm and seal up drafty windows and doors to slow the loss of heat in your home.



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