*****Some great information from Puget Sound Energy*****
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for across Western Washington (including Bellingham, Bellevue, Olympia and vicinity) for Friday, February 8 through Saturday afternoon, February 9. Snow is expected to fall across the region from Friday morning into Saturday afternoon. Breezy to windy conditions are also expected, with the strongest winds expected in western Whatcom County, where gusts could reach up to 60 mph. Other locations could see wind gusts ranging 20-35 mph.
We’re closely watching the forecast, including receiving briefings from the National Weather Service, so we can be ready to respond to any power outages as a result of the storm. Our crews are ready to deploy with assignments when outages occur and as soon as it’s safe to do so.
As we prepare for storm conditions, we encourage our customers to do the same:
- Make sure to have emergency supplies on hand at home and in your vehicle, such as extra batteries, flashlights, food and blankets
- Have a battery-powered radio ready to go
- Charge cell phones and mobile devices in case the power goes out
- Download the PSE mobile outage app to track and report outages, check status and get estimated restoration times, or visit https://www.pse.com/outage/outage-map
- 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.
- Do not use a charcoal or gas grill to cook indoors. Never use a natural gas range for heating, or charcoal as an indoor heating source. This can cause a buildup of poisonous carbon monoxide gas.
- If you choose to use a portable home generator, read the manufacturer’s instructions for the safe operation of the generator. Do not operate generators indoors or in enclosed spaces to avoid the build up of carbon monoxide.
- If you’re using portable heaters, keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.
- Always use flashlights instead of candles.
Find additional outage information
- Check our social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
- Get local weather updates from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).