SHELTON - Get ready for a wind storm if you live in the south sound.

The National Weather Service in Seattle is forecasting winds of up to 60 mph in Mason, Thurston and Kitsap counties. Forecasters with NWS say the winds could down trees and snap branches causing destruction and power outages.

iFIBER ONE News reached out to one of the larger utilities in the south sound, Mason PUD 3, and asked if it's prepared for Friday’s forecasted wind event which is supposed to span from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mason PUD 3’s Joel Myer says the reliability of the utility’s grid has improved since the last major wind event in 2007 which knocked out two-thirds of the PUD’s power system. Since that storm, Myer says the grid has more flexibility when it comes to re-routing power to affected areas and the utility’s new grid modernization project helps the PUD monitor outages faster than ever. Myer says the PUD’s lineman crew is “ready to go” should their services be needed.

The following is a list of power outage resources should you be without electricity during the storm: 




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