Feb 082019

Snow in Waldport
Kim Mobley
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Snow, ice could trigger power outages throughout Northwest, including the coast

Arctic weather is sweeping into the Northwest, bringing ice, heavy snow and the threat of power outages including along the coast. Local power companies are urging their customers to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

The National Weather Service is forecasting extended periods of snow throughout the coming week in Portland and the Willamette Valley with temperatures dipping below freezing every evening and snow accumulations of up to a foot at low elevations. Along the coast, it will also be snowy with lots of black ice.

Every home should have an Emergency Outage Kit that includes the following:

Battery-operated radio and clock
Extra batteries
Non-perishable foods
Manual can opener
Bottled water

If a power outage occurs, the power company encourages customers to first check their fuses and circuit breakers.

To ease the inconvenience of power outages and assist crews in restoring power, local power companies suggests the following tips and safety precautions:

* Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous. Call 911 and report the outage to your local power company.

* Don’t drive over downed power lines.

* Turn on your porch light. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area of the power failure to see if any lights are still out.

* Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need special assistance. Also, check with others who have electricity, to see if you can visit.

* Keep mobile devices charged so that may be used in an emergency. Before the winter storm arrives, download the Pacific Power app to your smart device so you can have information readily available.

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