The remnants of Typhoon Songda are crossing the Pacific Ocean and threaten the Washington coast with multiple days of high winds and rain.  The National Weather Service is predicting potentially damaging winds on Thursday and Saturday.  Ironically, the storm warnings come on the 54th anniversary of the Columbus Day storm, which also began as a typhoon.

“While the wind strengths are not expected to be as strong as 1962, it should still serve as a reminder to be prepared for the worst,” said Grays Harbor PUD Communications Director Ian Cope.  “This storm has the capability of causing damage and knocking power out throughout Grays Harbor and people should prepare accordingly.”

PUD customers should have an outage preparedness kit ready in the event of an extended power outage.

These 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] and Facebook under the name Grays Harbor Public Utility District.  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.