Be prepared for high winds and heavy rain

A big storm is headed our way with winds picking up tonight, followed by heavy rain expected before sunrise tomorrow. According to King5, moderate to intense rain will fall from about 4 to 6 a.m. King5 says to expect one to three inches of rain to fall.

The heavy rain this time of year means Seattle is primed for urban flooding. Seattle Public Utilities is urging people adopt a drain and clean out leaves and debris from the storm drains in front of their house.

The number for reporting flooding issues is 206-386-1800.

Seattle City Light crews are prepared for the high winds. “With many leaves still on area trees to catch the wind and rain that will weigh trees down, this storm could blow trees and branches into power lines, causing outages,” Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. “Our crews are ready to respond and restore service as quickly and as safely as possible, but it is always important for each of us to be prepared.”

City Light has this map to track power outages. If your power goes out or if you spot a downed power line, assume it’s live and call (206) 684-3000.

Both City Light and SPU urge residents to put together a survival kit with enough food and supplies to last your family for at least three days. Click here for a check list and other tips.

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