Last week’s wind storm wreaked havoc across Washington, leaving thousands of Woodinville-area residents without power.
The morning after the Jan. 12 storm, more than 3,800 households were without power, according to a Puget Sound Energy outage map.
Woodinville Fire & Rescue responded to nine calls that night that were storm related or outage related, said fire district spokesperson Catherine Breault. No one in the district was injured.
However, she said there has been a recent increase of carbon monoxide poisoning in the area. On Jan. 12, firefighters assisted Redmond fire responders in transporting a patient who had been overcome with carbon monoxide.
“We want to remind people when the power is out to use their generators outside and away from windows,” Breault said in an email. “Never use their generator in a garage.”
Out of all the reported outage areas, The Wedge neighborhood has the most impacted customers, with 2,329 affected by outages. PSE said in a tweet that the widespread power outages were caused by both high winds and trees falling due to the saturated ground from recent heavy rain.
During a power outage, the National Weather Service Seattle recommends using flashlights instead of candles, keeping refrigerators and freezers closed, never using generators inside, and never using natural gas ranges for heating.
The high-velocity winds began when an area of low pressure passed over the northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula, and the rapid rise in pressure behind it caused a surge of onshore winds, the service reported.