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Power Companies Preparing for Possible Black Outs

KENNEWICK, Wash. -  Firefighters aren't the only ones worried about recent thunderstorms.  Power companies are also keeping a close eye on potential problems lightning can bring to the area.

There's been no reports of any power outages in Benton or Franklin counties but officials are reminding people of some of the things you should do in case of a black out.

"If you have other appliances on, turn them off such as a stove, iron, toaster.   That way when the power comes back on, you don't have a burning element or something dangerous that way," said Karen Miller with Benton P.U.D. 

Officials say to turn off all light switches.  The less power needed in a city the faster the power can be turned back on.  If too many switches are on when the power is restored, the electric system could overload and go out again.