Washington, D.C., and surrounding suburban cities and towns in Maryland and northern Virginia were especially battered by howling summer storms that pummeled the East Coast. All those downed trees should remind Northwest utilities to plan ahead.

Washington, D.C., and surrounding suburban cities and towns in Maryland and northern Virginia were especially battered by howling summer storms that pummeled the East Coast. All those downed trees should remind Northwest utilities to plan ahead.

Large swaths of households, businesses and traffic lights without power is an all-too-familiar story. Puget Sound and environs regularly get buffeted by winter winds, so we commiserate with their suffering, and must be mindful of the warnings

Scenes from the nation’s capital are uncomfortably reminiscent of the local December 2006 windstorm that left 1 million customers without power, and 14 deaths attributed to the storm. Other nasty bouts with power outages followed.