Deadly Storms: State of Emergency Declared In Washington
Posted by feww on November 19, 2015
Killer storms cause major destruction across Washington state
Washington Governor Inslee declared a state of emergency in all counties on Wednesday after a deadly storm packing hurricane-force winds exceeding 160 km/hr (100 mph) left at lease three people dead. The storm triggered flooding and mudslides, killing at least three people, uprooting trees and cutting off power to about 350,000 homes and businesses.
Tuesday’s storm system, the latest in a series of violent storms that have swept across the state, also damaged about 1,200km of overhead power lines, authorities said.
“This is the largest crisis Avista has experienced in the company’s 126-year history,” said Avista Corp. , a major utility that generates and transmits electricity in the region.
“As crews struggled to mop up from the damage, tens of thousands still remained without power in the Puget Sound region and major highways were closed for cleanup. A spokesman for the Snohomish County Public Utilities District (PUD) said the fierce windstorm could be one of the worst recorded, and customers could be impacted into the weekend,” said a report.
The massive storm system also forced road closures in the state of Oregon, as floods mudslides and fallen trees shut down roads including a long stretch of Interstate 84 as well as several other highways, said the state police.