Major Northwest storm leaves 4 dead

first_imgSEATTLE – The worst windstorm in more than a decade tore through the Pacific Northwest, leaving more than a million people without power Friday and killing at least four. Winds gusted to a record 69 mph about 1 a.m. at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, breaking the old mark of 65 mph set in 1993. Winds were clocked at 90 mph near Westport on the coast. Power was knocked out at one of the airport’s concourses until late Friday morning. Dozens of flights were canceled, including all American Airlines service through the morning hours. Flights were also canceled at Portland International Airport in Oregon, and Amtrak canceled service between Seattle and Portland after downed trees and mudslides blocked the tracks. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer went unpublished for the first time since a 1936 labor strike, because electricity was knocked out at its printing press, managing editor David McCumber said. The Seattle Times, which shares the press, had only about 13,000 copies available Friday morning. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’A 41-year-old Seattle woman died Thursday after she became trapped in her basement while it flooded. Neighbors had called for help after they heard screaming. A 28-year-old man was killed while he slept when the top of a tree snapped off and crashed into his home in a trailer park in McCleary, 18 miles west of Olympia. Elsewhere in Washington, two people died in traffic accidents involving windblown trees. In Oregon, a family of six was sickened by carbon monoxide from a generator set up in a garage after the storm knocked out power, police said Friday. Four children and two adults were hospitalized, and two of the children were in critical condition, police spokeswoman Teddi Anderson said. Puget Sound Energy, Washington’s largest private utility, had 700,000 customers without power Friday. Some won’t have their lights back on for days, spokesman Roger Thompson said. In Oregon, about 350,000 customers lost power, and repairs to restore all of them could stretch into next week, utility officials said.last_img

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