City encourages residents to prepare for weekend weather

With high-winds and rain predicted for Seattle and much of the Pacific Northwest this weekend, it is recommended that residents take extra precautions at home and when out. Residents should defer traveling during the storm, avoid and report downed power lines and trees, and be cautious near areas experiencing flooding.

Latest modeling shows a chance for heavy winds to arrive in the Seattle area as early as 5 PM on Saturday, October 15 and lasting throughout the evening. For the most current weather updates please visit the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Impact Briefing for Seattle. For up to date information impacting the City of Seattle please visit or

Storm Safety Information
• Please call 911 to report downed lines, do not touch or attempt to remove lines that have fallen during the storm.

• If you lose power at home, please call (206) 684-3000 to report the outage or call the Power Outage Hotline at (206) 684-7400 to hear a recorded message with power restoration updates.

• Because of the timing of tomorrow’s storm, there may be challenges with travel throughout the city tomorrow evening and Sunday morning.

• For individuals using life-sustaining and medical equipment, please contact and register with your utility company. For more information call (206) 684-3020.

• Remember to treat intersections that are impacted by power outages as four-way stops.

• Check the Metro and Sound Transit websites for any impacts to your transit routes.

• Maintain gutters, downspouts, rain barrels, private culverts by keeping them clean, flowing and directed away from properties and hillsides.

• Keep storm drains free of leaves and other debris to prevent streets from flooding. Be sure to stay out of the road when raking.

• All Seattle Parks and Recreation grass athletic fields, including West Seattle Stadium, will be closed through the weekend. Most importantly, please remember to safe and use extreme caution outdoors. Parks officials encourage residents to avoid Seattle parks entirely this weekend due to the high-winds.

• Seattle Parks has cancelled programs and activities in parks across the system. For the most up-to-date information please visit

• Generally, we want to remind you that if you do lose power, keep grills, camping stoves and generators outside. Fuel burning appliances are sources of carbon monoxide, a dangerous and poisonous gas.

• Have an emergency preparedness kit ready to help you get through until power is restored

• Storms can create a storm surge impacting high-tide. For information pertaining to tides visit NOAA.

• A temporary, emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness will be open at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion – near 2nd & Thomas, south of Key Arena. The co-ed adult shelter will open on Saturday and Sunday from 7 PM to 7AM. This shelter can accommodate 100 people.

• King County Shelter for adult males has expanded capacity to serve 50 additional men Friday through Tuesday, 10/14 – 10/18. The King County Shelter is located at the King County Administration Building at 500 4th Avenue in Seattle. The shelter opens at 7 PM.

• The City Hall Co-ed shelter at 600 4th Ave in Seattle will expand capacity Friday through Tuesday 10/14 – 10/18 with an emphasis on accommodating women seeking shelter. The shelter is open from 7PM to 6AM.

• Sign up and use AlertSeattle at for up-to-date information from the City of Seattle

• The City will have additional staff and crews available throughout the evening and weekend to respond to emergencies as they arise. The Seattle Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center will be activated throughout the weekend.

Additional preparedness information can be found at: Take Winter by Storm – or What to do to make it through –

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Mayor Murray talks minimum wage on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports

Mayor Murray appeared this morning on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports to talk about raising the minimum wage in Seattle and fighting income inequality at the city level:

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Mayor Murray and First Gentleman Michael Shiosaki on New Day Northwest

This morning, Mayor Murray and First Gentleman Michael Shiosaki visited the set of King-5’s morning show New Day Northwest to talk with show host Margaret Larson about their relationship, their careers, visiting the White House, and more:

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Video from Mayor Murray’s press conference on the status of a $15 minimum wage proposal

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Meet some of the Neighborhood Summit attendees!

We asked participants of Mayor Murray’s Neighborhood Summit what brought them to the event, what they got out of it, and what we can do better next time. Here’s what they had to say:

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Video from yesterday’s Income Inequality Symposium

If you missed yesterday’s Income Inequality Symposium, you can watch it here! You can also see what was talked about on social media via our Storify collection of the event.

Welcome and Keynote Remarks (56 minutes):

Panel #1 (42 minutes):

Panels #2 & #3 (86 minutes):

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Video from last night’s Ask the Mayor

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for Mayor Murray’s first recording of Seattle Channel’s Ask the Mayor. We had great questions from the show’s first ever live audience, as well as great questions from many of you on Twitter. The first half was a general Q&A from the audience and the second half was a focused discussion on raising Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

You can watch the full episode here:

The next taping of Ask the Mayor will be on Wednesday, June 25th at 7 p.m. and we will keep you updated here regarding location and subject matter as we firm up the details of our next show.

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Video from last night’s hearing on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality

Minimum Wage public hearingLast night, the City Council Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality, and the Mayor’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee held a public hearing on raising the city’s minimum wage. Full video of the nearly four-hour long hearing is available below.

If you were unable to attend the hearing and provide your testimony, you can do so via our online town hall. You can also read Mayor Murray’s statement on the issue of raising the minimum wage here.

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Mayor Murray talks police reforms, Neighborhood Summit and more with Angela King

Mayor Murray and Angela King taping CityStream

Mayor Murray was interviewed this week for Seattle Channel’s Emmy-winning feature magazine show CityStream by host Angela King. The Mayor discussed his administration’s priorities, the upcoming Neighborhood Summit, and what he’s looking forward to the most in the next four years.

Listing police reform as his top priority, the Mayor also highlighted his goal of working more closely with neighborhood groups.

“We’re going to begin with a Neighborhood Summit in April. We’re going to invite people who live in the city to help us develop the methods they can be more involved in in making decisions about the character in their neighborhoods,” Mayor Murray said. “I think we’ve grown distant in City Hall from the decision making in neighborhoods.”

The Mayor also shared what was most surprising about his first few weeks in office (everyone in Seattle knows who their Mayor is and they are eager to chat!) and the aspect he enjoys most.

“The thing I look forward to is that contact with people, that chance to get out in different communities and work on very different issues. It’s the part that I find most exciting,” the Mayor said. “I just love to get out there, get in a crowd and mix it up. I realize it’s not always going to be positive, but it’s very exciting.”

You can see the show in its entirety here, which also features segments on the Office of Civil Rights’ Racial Equity program, an update on the Families and Ed Levy program, and a story about safety with City Light. The Mayor’s segment begins at the 7:58 mark.

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