Eight years later, the images of December 2, 2007 are still etched in our memories. Hillsides of trees flattened to the ground. Roads covered with the debris from downed power poles. A BPA tower lying shattered across Basich Boulevard. Anyone who went through the ’07 Storm remembers all too clearly the sights and sounds of that day.
PUD Communications Director Ian Cope said is a press release, what started as a pair of storm systems converging off the Washington coast quickly erupted into the strongest and most damaging storm to hit Grays Harbor since the Columbus Day Storm in 1962. With wind speeds of over 100 miles per hour and a slow path that kept the winds over the Harbor for much of the day, the storm knocked power out to over 90 percent of the Grays Harbor PUD customers, caused millions of dollars in damage and killed two people.
“It was the weather event for this generation. Everyone remembers where they were and what they did to get by for the days without power,” said Cope. “While there were many bad memories and tough times, there are also examples of the people coming together to help each other. It is horribly clichéd, but disasters bring out the best in people and we saw that on that day and days that followed.”
In addition to acts of heroism and kindness, the ’07 Storm served as an example of why people should be prepared for extended power outages by having outage kits at the ready. Those kits should include:
- A flashlight and batteries
- A battery operated radio
- Candles and matches
- Non-perishable food
- A manual can opener
Should the storm knock your power out, the PUD has several methods of tracking power outages and following the efforts taking place to bring the lights back on. In addition to local radio and news coverage, outage updates are available on the GHPUD.ORG website, where you can also sign up for outage alerts, sent by both text and email. The PUD also provides outage updates and PUD information on the utility Twitter account at [email protected]
If your power is still off once restoration efforts are complete, you are encouraged to call the outage reporting hotline at 360-537-3721 or 888-541-5923 to inform dispatchers that your home is still without power.