Three easy things to do ahead of possible storm conditions

With possible storm conditions coming this week, it’s a good time to prepare for power outages.

“Rain is likely overnight [Monday] and for the Tuesday morning commute and could be heavy in places,” said KIRO 7 PinPoint Meteorologist Nick Allard.

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“Winds from the south 15-25 mph with higher gusts, so an active morning.  A brief break late day will be followed by another round of rain Tuesday night through most of Wednesday and Thursday.  Rain will be heavy at times accompanied by gusty winds,” he said.

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Wind could be strong enough to make small branches and weak trees fall, and could even cause local power outages, according to The National Weather Service. Also, the rain could be heavy enough at times to cause local street and urban flooding.

Here’s three easy things to do to prepare for this week:  

• Be sure to clear leaves from storm drains and gutters
• Have your summer lawn furniture put away 
• Have flashlights, radios, and batteries ready in case of emergency

The six-month period from October through March is undoubtedly the "rainy season" for Seattle and Western Washington. Now is a good time to prepare as we enter the storm winter season.

King County Emergency Management has these three steps for winter weather preparedness: 

• Build a kit; here's a visual look on how to do that on a budget
• Make a plan and practice the plan with your family 
• Stay informed and know the weather approaching your neighborhood

To take a look at 13 extensive checklists, visit the website takewinterbystorm.org. It's a collaborative effort between King, Pierce and Snohomish counties to bring awareness of the hazards of stormy weather.

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