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January 19, 2012 at 4:49 PM

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Seattle urges you to go home. NOW.

From staff reporter Carol M. Ostrom

Go home now.

That's Seattle's official advice for workers, shoppers and others, because the National Weather Service says it's going to get worse. Again. The forecast calls for more sleet, freezing rain and snow until 4 a.m.

And don't expect miracles for the morning commute -- if you have to be on the road. The Seattle Department of Transportation is plowing, treating and clearing, but many roads and sidewalks are icy and there's danger of falling ice from trees, buildings and power lines.

City Light is responding to a variety of outages that affected about 6,500 customers, mostly south of Seattle. As of 4 p.m., about 2,200 customers were still without power. To report an outage, call 206-684-7400.

If you spot a downed power line, call 911.

This link takes you to City Light's power outage map.

Stormwater runoff is now the problem, say officials, who are asking residents and businesses to locate the storm drains in the street and clear them of snow, leaves and debris to help prevent localized flooding. That's the single most important thing residents and businesses can do to protect their property and prevent street "ponds" that pose a hazard for traffic.

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