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.
December 26, 2005 |
High winds downed trees and power lines in Seattle and Portland, Ore., cutting off electricity to thousands of homes across the region. At the peak of the outages, about 20,000 Puget Sound Energy customers in King, Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap, Lewis, Whatcom, Island and Skagit counties had lost power, said Lynn Carlson, a spokeswoman for the utility. In Oregon, Portland General Electric said 30,000 of its customers lost power.
October 21, 2005 |
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed that it would propose taking the marbled murrelet, a small seabird at the center of political battles over logging in the Northwest, off the threatened species list. The proposal, to be formally made by the end of the year, would start a yearlong evaluation. The bird lives at sea but nests in trees near the coast.