​Strong winds blamed for 2 deaths in Seattle area

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Quarter-million without power as Pacific Northwest jolted by wind.

SEATTLE — Wind toppled trees and power lines across the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, causing two deaths in the Seattle area and cutting electricity to at least a quarter-million customers in Oregon and Washington.

But this is a service-area-wide event,” said Christina Donegan, a spokeswoman for Puget Sound Energy, which reported 140,000 customers without power mid-afternoon. Other Seattle-area utilities — Seattle City Lights and Snohomish County Public Utility District — estimated more than 175,000 outages between them.

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