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Fierce Northwest storm spawns flood warnings

November 20, 2012|By Michael Muskal
  • Heavy rains in Seattle flooded this homeless encampment.
Heavy rains in Seattle flooded this homeless encampment. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson )

Winds and fierce rains lashed parts of the Northwest, putting the region on alert for flooding on Tuesday, officials said.

The storm, which began on Monday, cut power to about 50,000 people overall, though most had service restored within hours. At least one death was reported.

According to the National Weather Service, flood warnings were issued for parts of the Skokomish River area in Mason County and the Satsop River in Grays Harbor County, both in the state of Washington. Heavy rains ended in the Olympic Peninsula region though there are expected to be brief periods of light precipitation.

In Oregon, the weather service posted a flood warning for the Luckiamute River in Benton and Polk counties.

Monday’s rains dropped as much as two inches of water in at least one Seattle neighborhood. By Tuesday, the worst of the storm was over, though light rains were expected to linger on and off through the Thanksgiving holiday.

About 24,000 lost power Monday afternoon in western Washington and the same number lost electricity in parts of Oregon. Most of the service was restored by Tuesday morning.

One death was reported in Tillamook County on the northwest coast of Oregon, officials said. A hunter died near Nehalem when a tree fell on his tent on Monday morning.

The weather service reported 24-hour Washington rainfall totals as of Monday evening that included 4.09 inches in Bremerton, west of Seattle; 2.97 inches at Hoquiam on the coast; and 6 inches at Cushman Dam on the Olympic Peninsula.

In Oregon, Lincoln City saw 3.55 inches of rain in 24 hours while 2.13 inches fell at the Portland airport and 2.08 inches in Salem. The Portland suburb of Hillsboro reported 3.42 inches, the weather service said.

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