Three killed, 185000 left without power after Washington state storms

19 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

3 killed by falling trees in Washington storm; 350,000 without power.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Cleanup crews took to the streets Wednesday in Washington state after a powerful storm killed three people, cut power to more than 350,000 residents and flooded rivers. Allen Kam, with the National Weather Service in Seattle, said rain last weekend may have saturated soil, making it easier for the winds to topple trees. In Oregon, an 80-year-old woman spent the night trapped in bed after a tree fell on her home south of Sandy during the wind storm, missing her by inches.

Nearby Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, smaller districts as well as Gonzaga, Whitworth, Washington State-Spokane and EasternWashington universities were shut down Wednesday. The strong winds and extended downpour caused fewer problems in Oregon, but roughly 2,000 Portland General Electric customers remained without power in the Portland area Wednesday afternoon. Wind gusts around 100 mph rattled areas west and north of Denver, blowing snow from Tuesday’s wintery storm across roads and knocking out power in some spots. The Snohomish County Public Utility District started the day with about 130,000 customers lacking power and by Wednesday evening tweeted that 42,000 remained.

Firefighters and police rescued two women trapped Wednesday evening in high water after they ignored a road closure and drove into standing water near Bellingham.

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