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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Sandy Eccker, Emergency Management Manager, (360) 867-2824, Ecckers@co.thurston.wa.us

Prepare for high winds and heavy rain
First round of winter storms expected to hit the local area

OLYMPIA - The arrival of the first of the fall and winter storms is expected to bring the chance of strong winds, flooding and power outages. The severe weather system is expected to hit the South Sound area from Thursday afternoon through the weekend.

Rainfall and high winds have the potential to cause power outages due to downed trees and powerlines. Residents are encouraged to prepare now by fueling vehicles, stockpiling wood for woodstoves, and testing generators and chainsaws.

If you encounter downed powerlines do not touch, walk or drive across them. Immediately report the location of the fallen wires to Puget Sound Energy at 888-225-5773. If the powerline is arcing or sparking, call 9-1-1 first.

Do not run gas or charcoal grills indoors as they could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide gas which could be fatal. If using a portable home generator, read and follow the manufacturer's safety instructions. Also, do not drive through flooded parking lots or roadways.

Be sure to monitor your NOAA weather radio or visit www.weather.gov/seattlefor updated conditions. For power outage information visit Puget Sound Energy.


For updated information about Thurston County's emergency response and preparedness, go to Thurston County Emergency Management.Stay connected with TCEM with social media. Get Thurston County Emergency Management updates on Facebook and Twitter:

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3