December 17, 2006 |
As utility crews worked to restore power to 1 million customers across the wind-wracked Pacific Northwest, hospitals here said Saturday that they had treated about 80 victims of poisoning by carbon monoxide -- from gas grills, propane heaters, generators and charcoal briquettes brought indoors for heat and light.
December 16, 2006 |
Severe storms with some of the strongest wind gusts ever recorded in the Seattle area swept across the Pacific Northwest late Thursday and Friday, killing at least four people, closing major roadways and bridges and knocking out power to 1.5 million people in three states. "I didn't just see trees and bushes blown down, I saw people knocked to the ground," said Carole VanHorn, a nursing aide who was in downtown Seattle on Thursday night. "It was just wild."
December 15, 2006 |
A powerful storm socked the Pacific Northwest with heavy rain and wind gusts close to 100 mph Thursday, flooding streets, toppling trees and cutting power to thousands. More than 150,000 customers lost electricity in Washington and Oregon, utilities reported. A wind gust of 97 mph was recorded at Rockaway Beach, Ore., and Washington reported 70-mph gusts on the coast. Flooding stalled traffic in parts of Seattle, and falling trees and debris forced the closure of several highways in Oregon.
November 10, 2006 |
Heavy rain and flooding, already blamed for three deaths in the Pacific Northwest, washed out a major highway near Mount Hood and forced the shutdown of 59 miles of the North Cascades Highway in Washington state Thursday. The White River flowed over Oregon Highway 35 on Mount Hood's eastern flank Monday and Tuesday, cutting 20-foot-deep ruts through the road and sending boulders and trees rolling down the mountainside, said Bill Barnhart, a Department of Transportation manager.
October 19, 2006 |
A University of Washington climate researcher says Pacific Northwest winters will get grayer and rainier over the next 50 to 100 years because of a low-pressure system near the Aleutian Islands that is moving north and east. Eric Salathe said that weather so far in the future may not seem relevant to many people now but that the storms brought on by climate change would affect everyone currently paying for or designing a new bridge or roadway.
October 17, 2006 |
Three government SUVs guarded a road to nowhere. Nearby, a middle-age couple camping out in a trailer manned a round-the-clock checkpoint next to a locked gate, on the watch for environmental protesters. A few miles beyond, the drone of chain saws rose from a deep ravine while a hovering helicopter plucked blackened logs from the floor of the burned forest and carried them to the nearest road.