As Final Answer said last night on CHS, we’ve got a recent tradition of big storms around the beginning of Hanukkah. It was just two years ago that we got the huge wind storm that knocked out power for days here in the neighborhood.
And now our occasionally-accurate weather folks are saying that there’s a big one coming today that could bring ice, up to 8 inches of snow, and damaging winds with gusts around 30 mph. The right combination of those could mean downed power lines and outages with sub-zero temperatures outside. The winds should start in the early afternoon, with snow coming later in the early evening.
So what to do if you lose power? How about first, what not to do:
- Don’t bring propane or charcoal grills indoors. People died from carbon monoxide poisoning in 2006 due to that
- If you have a generator, never bring it indoors, not even into the garage. Leave it outside
- Be careful with candles. There was just a candle-caused apartment fire in Belltown this morning
What if we’re out of power for an extended period and it gets too cold to stay in the house?
- Get in touch with friends and family within walking distance and make a deal to share space if one of you has power and the other doesn’t. And the homes closest to a hospital or the City Light substation at 23rd & Pine will generally be the quickest to get power back.
- We think that Garfield Community Center could be turned into an emergency shelter if things get bad. They have a generator, but so far we haven’t found anyone who can confirm for sure that it will be available.
Other tips? Leave a comment below. We’ll update this periodically as we get more info too.
Update: 3:00pm – There’s a light snowfall starting, but the wind seems to be behind schedule. Anyone else getting tired of snow?
Update: 3:37pm – Still small flakes, but there’s more of them now. And do you have a hummingbird feeder? Misty asked that I link to this WSB thread about how to make sure your tiny hovering friends can still get their meals.