Winds whip western Washington; power outages likely

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a High Wind Warning for the central Puget Sound region through 9 p.m. on Monday, November 13.

Winds will reach 20 to 35 mph across most of the area, with gusts as high as 60 mph in some locations. Power outages are likely as the storm system moves through the region. The strongest winds are expected to occur during the evening commute. Watch for broken tree limbs, and avoid downed power lines. Treat dark intersections as four-way stops. Strong winds could also affect traffic and transit on area highways and bridges, especially the I-90 and SR 520 floating bridges. Watch @kcmetrobus on Twitter for transit alerts.

Be prepared for power outages by fully charging your mobile phone and having a flashlight and extra batteries available. Report outages to your utility provider, and check power outage maps from Puget Sound Energy and Seattle City Light.

If you lose electricity, avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • ONLY use a generator outdoors and far from open windows and vents.
  • NEVER use a generator indoors, in garages, or in carports.
  • NEVER cook inside on a charcoal or gas grill.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Nausea

If you think someone may have carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Move the person to a place with fresh air immediately.
  • Take the person to an emergency room and tell them that you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning.

More information about carbon monoxide poisoning is available from Public Health – Seattle & King County.