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Pacific Power Crews Restore Power to Customers in Moxee Thursday Morning

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Strong winds may cause a power outage. Strong winds may cause a power outage.

UPDATE: Pacific Power says they restored power to customers in the Moxee area as of 8:00 a.m. If your power is still off, you can call 1-877-508-5088 to report your outage.




MOXEE, Wash. -- More than 1,600 customers in the Moxee area will be without power overnight at Pacific Power works to replace seven poles brought down by a strong wind gust Wednesday afternoon.

Replacing poles, equipment and restringing lines is very time consuming and even with 32 crew members at work, it will be 6 a.m. Nov. 26 before restoration is expected.

"We are making good progress and appreciate the patience and safety consciousness we are seeing from customers" said Curtis Mansfield, vice president, operations. "Crews have come from Hood River, Pendleton, Walla Walla and Portland to assist."

Customers are being notified by phone about the latest on the outage restoration time. The information is also available on the website, and there will be social media updates as well via the twitter handle @Pacific Power_WA.

With temperatures expected in the teens tonight, Pacific Power wants to advise customer without power to be safe while staying warm.

* Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need special assistance.
* Candles should never be left unattended or used for extended periods. Use a flashlight or other battery-powered lighting source.
* Use a fireplace or wood stove to keep warm. Pay careful attention to fire hazards.
* Never use kerosene or propane heaters inside without proper ventilation. They create dangerous fumes. Also, don't use charcoal in your house or garage.
* Never use a barbecue grill indoors.
* Generators should be outside or in a well-ventilated unoccupied space
* Make sure generators are properly wired for your home or business, and don't connect a generator directly to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel. This can create a dangerous backfeed hazard for line crews.
* Don't drive over downed power lines.
* As much as possible, do not open refrigerators and freezers--they will keep food and perishables inside cold for some time if not opened.
* Preserve body heat by wearing multiple layers of clothing. Add a hat and blanket to stay warm. Blankets and towels around windows and doors help keep the heat in.
* Protect your pipes during freezing weather by wrapping them with insulation. Also, leave faucets dripping so water won't freeze and crack the pipes.

If you are affected by the outage and feel the need for emergency help, call 911 and ask to be connected to the local Red Cross office, which will provide assistance. If you have a question about your outage, call 1-877-508-5088 and select option 4 to speak to a service representative.