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December 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The dozens of would-be travelers expected a Christmas of sun and surf in Hawaii. Instead, they got chilly drizzle, two canceled flights for mechanical problems and a visit from police before their plane finally left for the islands--two days late. There were heated words Monday after the second flight cancellation, and police were called to calm the passengers down, but no one was arrested, said Bob Parker, a spokesman for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
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December 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The dozens of would-be travelers expected a Christmas of sun and surf in Hawaii. Instead, they got chilly drizzle, two canceled flights for mechanical problems and a visit from police before their plane finally left for the islands--two days late. There were heated words Monday after the second flight cancellation, and police were called to calm the passengers down, but no one was arrested, said Bob Parker, a spokesman for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
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December 20, 1990 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A punishing winter storm that clamped down on Seattle with a foot of snow and gale winds Tuesday and Wednesday stranded tens of thousands of people, closed schools for the holidays three days early and turned commutes into five- and 10-hour ordeals. The mayhem left some residents wondering where the pollsters are now to ask about the delights of America's "most livable city"? Measurable snow typically can be expected only once or twice a year in the Puget Sound region.
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December 16, 2000 | Associated Press
Winds gusting up to 90 mph left at least 100,000 homes and businesses without electricity Friday in western Washington as snow snarled traffic in other parts of the state. High winds and falling trees also cut power to about 45,000 customers in Oregon. A lingering ice storm, meanwhile, kept as many as 150,000 customers struggling without power in Texas and Arkansas, where five deaths were attributed to the weather.
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January 13, 1990 | From Associated Press
Gov. Booth Gardner on Friday proclaimed a state of emergency in 13 southwestern Washington counties following severe windstorms and some of the worst flooding of this century in the state. "The citizens of our state face millions of dollars in damages," Gardner said. "Many people's entire lives have been turned upside down. We need access to every resource available to make repairs and to return life to normal." The action triggers a state appeal to the federal government for disaster funds.
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December 16, 2000 | Associated Press
Winds gusting up to 90 mph left at least 100,000 homes and businesses without electricity Friday in western Washington as snow snarled traffic in other parts of the state. High winds and falling trees also cut power to about 45,000 customers in Oregon. A lingering ice storm, meanwhile, kept as many as 150,000 customers struggling without power in Texas and Arkansas, where five deaths were attributed to the weather.
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November 25, 1990 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fed by warm rain and melting snow, rivers all across western Washington state surged over their banks Saturday, forcing several hundred families to flee to high ground and putting countless others on alert for major flooding. At least 10 significant rivers exceeded flood stage by Saturday afternoon, and the National Weather Service reported that some rivers would rise to twice the flood level as the steady downpour stripped the snowpack off the Cascade Mountains.
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January 1, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Already battered by two winter storms, then deluged by rain and melting snow, a soggy Northwest was soaked again Tuesday by the leading edge of a new Pacific storm that threatened wind gusts up to 80 mph and more flooding. Washington Gov. Mike Lowry proclaimed a state of emergency in four more counties, bringing the number where emergencies have been declared in the state to 19 since a series of punishing winter storms hit last week, causing widespread property damage, flooding and mudslides.
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December 31, 1990 | From Associated Press
Flooding forced evacuations and closed roads Sunday in Indiana and Ohio, and a new storm headed into wind-ravaged Washington state with a threat of snow and high wind. Highways were icy across parts of the plains and towing services were kept busy with cars that wouldn't start or stay on the road. Temperatures dipped to numbing lows again Sunday, including a record 23 below zero at Scottsbluff, Neb., 30 below at Rapid City, S.D.
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December 30, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Three days of driving rain and melted snow triggered floods and mudslides in Oregon and Washington, blocking roads and stranding residents, authorities said. As downpour gave way to drizzle Tuesday, the flood waters retreated in this coastal dairy town, reducing pastures to mud and choking roads with tree trunks, tires and other debris. The swollen Wilson River finally dipped below flood stage, and workers cleared away the mudslide debris from busy U.S. Highway 101.
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January 18, 2000 | Associated Press
A fierce windstorm that battered the Pacific Northwest over the weekend knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people, closed highways and killed two men. Wind along the coast gusted to 115 mph Sunday at Cannon Beach, Ore., and 109 mph at Long Beach, Wash., the National Weather Service said. Gusts hitting 81 mph at Netarts, Ore., pushed a house 12 feet off its foundation.
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December 30, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Three days of driving rain and melted snow triggered floods and mudslides in Oregon and Washington, blocking roads and stranding residents, authorities said. As downpour gave way to drizzle Tuesday, the flood waters retreated in this coastal dairy town, reducing pastures to mud and choking roads with tree trunks, tires and other debris. The swollen Wilson River finally dipped below flood stage, and workers cleared away the mudslide debris from busy U.S. Highway 101.
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January 1, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Already battered by two winter storms, then deluged by rain and melting snow, a soggy Northwest was soaked again Tuesday by the leading edge of a new Pacific storm that threatened wind gusts up to 80 mph and more flooding. Washington Gov. Mike Lowry proclaimed a state of emergency in four more counties, bringing the number where emergencies have been declared in the state to 19 since a series of punishing winter storms hit last week, causing widespread property damage, flooding and mudslides.
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December 30, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
The Northwest was pummeled by its second major storm in less than a week Sunday as 2 feet of snow, heavy rain and high winds blocked major highways, collapsed roofs and closed the Space Needle. Washington Gov. Mike Lowry declared a state of emergency in 12 counties, citing widespread destruction from freezing rain, snow and flooding. He also activated the National Guard. Blizzard warnings were posted for northwestern Washington, where snow was piled up by bone-chilling 90-mph gusts.
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December 28, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A powerful storm that dumped snow and freezing rain across the Northwest left more than 300,000 homes and businesses without power Friday in Washington and Oregon, halted travel and closed highway passes through the Cascade Range. Downtown Seattle was a virtual ghost town, with almost no traffic and few people. At least three deaths were blamed on the storm. A Portland, Ore.
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January 21, 1993 | From Reuters
Road and utility crews worked around the clock Thursday to restore power to about 750,000 customers after the worst windstorm in three decades swept through Puget Sound with gale-force winds, killing at least five people. "It's the largest power outage we've ever had," said Bill Seil, a spokesman for Puget Sound Power & Light Co., which said it had called in utility and contract crews from as far away as Portland, Ore., and British Columbia to repair lines.
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December 28, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A powerful storm that dumped snow and freezing rain across the Northwest left more than 300,000 homes and businesses without power Friday in Washington and Oregon, halted travel and closed highway passes through the Cascade Range. Downtown Seattle was a virtual ghost town, with almost no traffic and few people. At least three deaths were blamed on the storm. A Portland, Ore.
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December 30, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
The Northwest was pummeled by its second major storm in less than a week Sunday as 2 feet of snow, heavy rain and high winds blocked major highways, collapsed roofs and closed the Space Needle. Washington Gov. Mike Lowry declared a state of emergency in 12 counties, citing widespread destruction from freezing rain, snow and flooding. He also activated the National Guard. Blizzard warnings were posted for northwestern Washington, where snow was piled up by bone-chilling 90-mph gusts.
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December 31, 1990 | From Associated Press
Flooding forced evacuations and closed roads Sunday in Indiana and Ohio, and a new storm headed into wind-ravaged Washington state with a threat of snow and high wind. Highways were icy across parts of the plains and towing services were kept busy with cars that wouldn't start or stay on the road. Temperatures dipped to numbing lows again Sunday, including a record 23 below zero at Scottsbluff, Neb., 30 below at Rapid City, S.D.
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December 20, 1990 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A punishing winter storm that clamped down on Seattle with a foot of snow and gale winds Tuesday and Wednesday stranded tens of thousands of people, closed schools for the holidays three days early and turned commutes into five- and 10-hour ordeals. The mayhem left some residents wondering where the pollsters are now to ask about the delights of America's "most livable city"? Measurable snow typically can be expected only once or twice a year in the Puget Sound region.
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