The Latest: Washington governor declares state of emergency

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The Latest: Power Back for Most Oregon, Washington Customers.

Officials with Puget Sound Energy say power was restored to more than 60,000 homes and businesses in western Washington on Wednesday. This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, shows a large precipitation shield moving into the Pacific Northwest just ahead of a complex frontal system located to the west of British Columbia. Mostly clear skies and fair weather are dominating the Central Plains just behind a deep upper level trough that is advancing through the Mississippi River Valley. (The Associated Press) A small RV park near the Puyallup River in Washington state was evacuated on Wednesday morning as floodwaters stranded several recreational vehicles and small cars.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says landslides and high water have closed parts of many state highways. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola) Portland General Electric says they’ve restored power to about 55,000 customers since the first wave of the storm Monday morning. The flooded park was just down the river from the area where seven people in a riverbank homeless camp were swept into the water and later rescued Wednesday morning. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency after days of hazardous weather with landslides, power outages and flooding of roadways, homes and property. The declaration also directs the Washington Military Department to coordinate state response activities and can be used to activate the Washington National Guard if necessary. Spokeswoman Summer Derrey says crews are waiting for safe conditions Wednesday before going in to assess the damage and determine how to make repairs.

Several Washington state school districts are either closed or getting late starts Wednesday because of a rain and wind storm that is starting to subside. Residents in the Portland area and throughout northwest Oregon and southwest Washington were pummeled by a second barrage of heavy rains on Tuesday, as rain continued to soak already saturated ground, bringing some area creeks and rivers to flood stage. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO LOCAL INTERNET; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT A sinkhole near the main entrance to Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore., has closed the street Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015.

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