Record-setting storm pounds Pacific Northwest
A storm carrying hurricane-level winds and heavy rain tore through parts of the Pacific Northwest on Monday, leaving residents in both Washington and Oregon fighting both flooding and widespread power loss.
In Seattle, 2.14 inches of rain fell on the city throughout the day, nearly doubling the previous record high for the area, and causing dozens of accidents, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported. And another 13 inches of rain were recorded in the western part of the state, according to The Seattle Times.
KOMO-TV reported that authorities in King County, where Seattle is located, had tallied 66 accidents related to the weather by 4 p.m., while mudslides in the northern part of the city caused train service between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, to be canceled. And winds as high as 114 mph were recorded in Naselle, Washington, along the state’s southern coast.
Meanwhile, in Portland, the Associated Press reported that a 52-year-old man on a camping trip died when a tree knocked over by the storm fell on his tent, killing him instantly.
Falling trees and other issues forced officials with the Oregon Department of Transportation to ask residents to cut back on travel between Portland and the state’s coastal area. KATU-TV reported that at one point, 24,000 customers in the area were without power, though that number had been parsed down to about 6,000 by the time the storm dissipated Monday evening.
Watch KATU’s roundup of the storm’s path through Portland, aired Monday, below.