CITY OF SEASIDE ENCOURAGES PREPAREDNESS FOR STORM SEASON

                                           

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             CITY ENCOURAGES PREPAREDNESS FOR STORM SEASON

Seaside, Ore. – October 20, 2017 – With the first notable storm of season making landfall this week and into the weekend, the City of Seaside is encouraging its residents and visitors to pay extra attention to wind, surf and rain advisories issued by local officials.

“We’ve entered that time of year where the winds begin to pick up and rain can come in bunches,” said Jon Rahl, public informationofficer for the city. “Oregon Coast storms can be an amazing thing to watch, but we want to ensure people remember the dangers that come with high winds, heavy rain and strong surf conditions.” 

With early season storms, where trees still carry full foliage, high winds can turn branches into road debris and trip hazards. The ocean surf can be extremely volatile and sneaker waves can turn an enjoyable walk or razor clamming session into a frightening situation. The city has several common reminders that can be helpful as you prepare your home and family this fall and winter season.

  • Watch for debris. Tree limbs may break and block streets or sidewalks.
  • Report downed power lines to Pacific Power, and call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.
  • Avoid anything that may be touching downed lines, including vehicles or tree branches.
  • While driving in high winds, keep both hands on the wheel & slow down.
  • Wind Advisory Meaning: sustained winds of 31-39 mph and/or wind gusts 46-57 mph expected to occur for 3 hours or longer
  • High Wind Watch Meaning: conditions expected over the next 12 hours sustained winds 40 mph or greater; 58 mph gusts or greater for 1 hour or more.
  • High Wind Warning Meaning: conditions occurring or imminent sustained winds 40 mph or greater; gusts 58 mph or greater for 1 hour or more.
  • Secure outdoor objects like patio furniture. Put away trash barrels that may blow over.
  • Get off the road and park on the shoulder if the winds make driving too dangerous.
  • Listen to a radio to find out local information and weather updates.
  • Take time to check batteries in radios and flashlights in case you experience a power outage.
  • Consider filling your vehicle with fuel. Power outages can disable fuel pumps.

For additional tips on preparing for the storm season, please visit ready.gov, a comprehensive site to help plan for all types of weather and emergency situations. To stay up-to-date with Seaside alerts, please sign up for Nixle alerts by sending a “97138” text message to 888777 or follow City of Seaside on Facebook.