3 dead, at least 1M without power in destructive Northwest windstorm

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At least three people are dead and more than one million without power after powerful winds raked the Pacific Northwest and parts of the interior Northwest Tuesday and Tuesday night. Winds were clocked as high as 119 mph in the mountains of Washington state while urban centers were buffeted by winds strong enough to cause extensive damage to trees and buildings, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people in the Seattle and Spokane areas.

Heavy rain is also causing its share of problems, contributing to serious flooding in parts of western Washington.

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Here are the latest impacts from this system.

Washington

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Cameron Napora, a contractor, stops to cut a large tree that was blocking the road during a windstorm that swept through Spokane, Wash., Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Rain and high winds snarled traffic and knocked out power to tens of thousands of people in Western Washington on Tuesday. (Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review via AP) 
A downed tree that fell on power lines is shown blocking the NW Seabeck Highway near Bremerton, Wash.,Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Rain, high winds, and power outages were expected throughout the Puget Sound area into the night Tuesday due to a Pacific storm system. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A driver turns around Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, where a downed tree that fell on power lines was blocking the NW Seabeck Highway near Bremerton, Wash. Rain, high winds, and power outages were expected throughout the Puget Sound area into the night due to a Pacific storm system. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Drivers pause near a road closed sign Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, near where a downed tree that fell on power lines was blocking the NW Seabeck Highway near Bremerton, Wash. Rain, high winds, and power outages were expected throughout the Puget Sound area into the night Tuesday due to a Pacific storm system. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A worker with Wave Broadband photographs a tree that fell on power and fiberoptic lines and blocking the NW Seabeck Highway, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, near Bremerton, Wash. Rain, high winds, and power outages were expected throughout the Puget Sound area into the night due to a Pacific storm system. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A sign on the darkened Gorst Food Mart reads "No power, no gas," Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Gorst, Wash. The business lost power earlier in the day and had to close its doors and gas pumps to customers. Rain, high winds, and other power outages were expected throughout the Puget Sound area into the night Tuesday as a Pacific storm system passes through. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A car passes a billboard sign flapping in the wind Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, near Bremerton, Wash. Rain, high winds, and power outages were expected throughout the Puget Sound area into the night due to a Pacific storm system. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Mason County Public Works Dept. workers cut a tree that fell across the East Purdy Cutoff Road north of Shelton, Wash., Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, during flooding from the Skokomish River. With heavy rain expected to last into the weekend, the National Weather Service in Seattle issued a flood watch through Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A car is hit by a wind-driven wave crashing over an adjacent seawall Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle. Rain and high winds snarled the morning commute in the Puget Sound area and the Inland Northwest braced for severe weather that could include wind gusts to 70 mph. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Debris from the beach below is tossed up and over a seawall by wind-blown waves and toward traffic Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle. Rain and high winds snarled the morning commute in the Puget Sound area and the Inland Northwest braced for severe weather that could include wind gusts to 70 mph. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Eastbound traffic lanes, right, on Interstate 90 are dampened by wind-driven waves from the south as the floating bridge calms Lake Washington to the north, left, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Seattle. Rain and high winds snarled the morning commute in the Puget Sound area and the Inland Northwest braced for severe weather that could include wind gusts to 70 mph. The National Weather Service says a Pacific storm system arriving Tuesday may include sustained winds of 45 mph that could topple trees and cause power outages. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A woman loses her hat to the wind as she steps out of her car to look at high waves Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle. Rain and high winds snarled the morning commute in the Puget Sound area and the Inland Northwest braced for severe weather that could include wind gusts to 70 mph. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A wetsuit-clad surfer paddles in an attempt to pick up a wave in the Puget Sound, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Seattle. Rain and high winds snarled the morning commute in the Puget Sound area and the Inland Northwest braced for severe weather that could include wind gusts to 70 mph. The National Weather Service says a Pacific storm system arriving Tuesday may include sustained winds of 45 mph that could topple trees and cause power outages. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A wind-blown wave comes up and over the seawall and into traffic Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle. Rain and high winds snarled the morning commute in the Puget Sound area and the Inland Northwest braced for severe weather that could include wind gusts to 70 mph. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A woman walking her dog looks on as waves crash over a seawall and onto a street Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Seattle. Rain and high winds snarled the morning commute in the Puget Sound area and the Inland Northwest braced for severe weather that could include wind gusts to 70 mph. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Wind-blown waves batter homes and a seawall Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 near high tide in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle. Rain and high winds snarled the morning commute in the Puget Sound area and the Inland Northwest braced for severe weather that could include wind gusts to 70 mph. The National Weather Service says a Pacific storm system arriving Tuesday may include sustained winds of 45 mph that could topple trees and cause power outages. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Jacob Bell, 4, holds a pinwheel toy into a high wind, with heavy surf behind, Nov. 17, 2015, in Seattle. Rain and high winds snarled the morning commute in the Puget Sound area and the Inland Northwest braced for severe weather that could include wind gusts to 70 mph. The National Weather Service says a Pacific storm system arriving Tuesday may include sustained winds of 45 mph that could topple trees and cause power outages. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Wind-blown waves batter houses Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Seattle. Rain and high winds snarled the morning commute in the Puget Sound area and the Inland Northwest braced for severe weather that could include wind gusts to 70 mph. The National Weather Service says a Pacific storm system arriving Tuesday may include sustained winds of 45 mph that could topple trees and cause power outages. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A local resident, left, heads away from a seawall after cleaning a storm drain of debris amidst heavy winds and breaking waves Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Seattle. Rain and high winds snarled the morning commute in the Puget Sound area and the Inland Northwest braced for severe weather that could include wind gusts to 70 mph. The National Weather Service says a Pacific storm system arriving Tuesday may include sustained winds of 45 mph that could topple trees and cause power outages. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A horizontal wind sock, right, shows heavy cross winds on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Tacoma, Wash. Rain, high winds, and other power outages were expected throughout the Puget Sound area into the night due to a Pacific storm system. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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A man in his 20s was killed when a tree came down on his car near Monroe, Washington Tuesday afternoon. A spokesperson from the Snohomish County Fire District 5 told Seattle television station KOMO that the incident occurred on Ben Howard Road around 1 p.m. local time.

A woman in her 50s was killed in her car by a falling tree near the corner of 14th Ave and Division Street in Spokane, reported Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department. The tree was reported to have fallen around 3:30 p.m. local time.

Another driver was killed in a fatal collision with a tree fallen onto State Route 904 near Cheney in eastern Washington, according to Washington State Patrol District 4 public information officer Jeff Sevigney.


Conditions were so bad that the Greater Spokane Department of Emergency Management issued a "shelter in place" bulletin around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, advising all residents to stay in a sheltered location. The bulletin said "extreme winds" were resulting in downed trees and flying debris in the Spokane area.

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High winds caused widespread power outages. The worst of the outages were in the Spokane area, where the National Weather Service office tweeted that the power outages are among the most extensive ever seen in Spokane's history. Electric utility Avista said 70 percent of its 181,000 Spokane County customers were without power shortly after midnight early Wednesday.

On the other side of the state, Puget Sound Energy reported more than 210,000 customers were in the dark Tuesday afternoon, and some 145,000 still lacked electricity shortly before midnight. The Snohomish Public Utility District reported nearly 150,000 in the dark at one point Tuesday evening, and still had 130,000 powerless meters by 10:30 p.m. local time. Snohomish PUD said nine major transmission lines were knocked out by the winds.

Seattle City Light and Tacoma Public Utilities reported roughly 5,000 and 12,000 customers without power, respectively, at the height of the outages. Diminishing winds allowed crews to restore power to most of those urban areas by midnight.

In all, at least 522,000 customers had lost power at one time or another in Washington as of midnight Tuesday night. "Given the typical ratio of power customers to actual people, this means at least 1 million people were affected by power outages in Washington alone," said weather.com senior meteorologist Nick Wiltgen.

The winds damaged far more than just power lines. In the north Seattle suburb of Shoreline, a windblown tree snapped off and struck a King County Metro Bus, sending the driver to the hospital with neck and back pain.

The King County Sheriff's Office says it happened just before 10 a.m. Tuesday as officials were receiving many calls about downed trees during a heavy wind and rain storm. The tree struck the Route 331 bus near Shoreline Community College. The driver was the only person on board. She was taken to Northwest Hospital.

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A building in downtown Spokane has had its roof cave in. Five people evacuated safely, according to KHQ-TV in Spokane.

Another report of a car crushed by a downed tree surfaced in Spokane. The woman who was driving emerged okay, reported local television station KREM.

Part of the roof on the SpokAnimal adoption center building in Spokane was blown off, according to storm reports relayed by the National Weather Service.

The Washington Department of Transportation shut down a 17-mile stretch of Interstate 90 from the Vantage Bridge to Adams Road, five miles east of George, Tuesday afternoon due to poor visibility from blowing dust.

Two semi trucks overturned on State Road 240, according to Washington State Patrol reports.

The National Weather Service reports that strong winds blew the satellite dish off the roof of the KYNR radio station in Toppenish. Wind gusts up to 46 mph were reported in the area, according to NOAA.

A 119-mph wind gust was clocked by an anemometer on White Pass in the Cascade Range Tuesday afternoon. White Pass is located about 80 miles southeast of Seattle. Several other mountain locations gusted over 110 mph Tuesday.

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Oregon

More than 25,000 households lost power in the Portland area Tuesday afternoon and evening due to high winds, according to Portland General Electric's website.

In Oregon, Pacific Power reported more than 4,500 customers without power at one point.

Portions of Interstate 84 east of Portland were closed as trees fell onto the road's path through the Columbia River Gorge.

Wind gusts were clocked as high as 86 mph on Mount Hebo in the mountains along Oregon's coast.

Idaho

Northern Idaho bore the brunt of the storm's high winds late Tuesday. Gusts were measured as high as 101 mph on Schweitzer Mountain in Bonner County.

A 22-year-old was in critical condition after a tree fell onto his car in the Twin Lakes area, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.

Avista reported more than 35,000 customers without power in northern Idaho early Wednesday, including nearly 100 percent of Shoshone County and Benewah County customers.

Kootenai Electric listed more than 9,000 customers on its outage map early Wednesday.

British Columbia

More than 73,000 customers were without power in British Columbia Tuesday night, including more than 60,000 in the Vancouver area, according to utility provider BC Hydro.

The Sooke School District, which serves approximately 9,200 students on southern Vancouver Island, reported numerous schools without power and asked parents to pick up their children early from school.

Montana

The National Weather Service reported two overturned vehicles due to non-thunderstorm winds. A cargo van was blown over on U.S. Route 2 in Glacier County, as well as a camper trailer on Interstate 15 in Pondera County.

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In this Nov. 20, 2015 photo, Shelly Aase embraces her dog Mattie Jo as they view damage in north Spokane, Wash., after storms left many without power. Aase is wearing a head lamp to see inside her house. (Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review, via AP)
In this Nov. 21, 2015 photo, Jake Hines, left, and Ross Rukke, of Capstone Construction, work to remove a fallen tree in Spokane, Wash., after deadly storms swept through the state leaving many without power. (Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review, via AP)
In this Nov. 20, 2015 photo, crews clear downed trees tangled in power and utility lines in Spokane, Wash., after deadly storms swept through the state leaving many without power. (Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review, via AP)
A group of men paddle a canoe across a flooded roadway along the Snoqualmie River near the peak of the river's height there, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Carnation, Wash. Cleanup crews took to the streets Wednesday in Washington state after a powerful storm killed three people, cut power to more than 350,000 residents and flooded rivers. The winds on Tuesday exceeded 100 mph in some areas of the Inland Northwest, where fallen trees were blamed for the deaths. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A man tosses a piece of soaked carpet onto a pile while helping to clean-up a small apartment building flooded the night before, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Sultan, Wash. Cleanup crews took to the streets Wednesday in Washington state after a powerful storm killed three people, cut power to more than 350,000 residents and flooded rivers. The winds on Tuesday exceeded 100 mph in some areas of the Inland Northwest, where fallen trees were blamed for the deaths. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A rainbow appears near the Snoqualmie River, made from mist thrown up by the adjacent falls, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Snoqualmie, Wash. Cleanup crews took to the streets Wednesday in Washington state after a powerful storm killed three people, cut power to more than 350,000 residents and flooded rivers. The winds on Tuesday exceeded 100 mph in some areas of the Inland Northwest, where fallen trees were blamed for the deaths. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Siri Erickson-Brown uses a "farm boat," an old Sears canoe with a shovel for a paddle, to float across the flooded Snoqualmie River and to her home about a half-mile away, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Carnation, Wash. Cleanup crews took to the streets Wednesday in Washington state after a powerful storm killed three people, cut power to more than 350,000 residents and flooded rivers. The winds on Tuesday exceeded 100 mph in some areas of the Inland Northwest, where fallen trees were blamed for the deaths. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A downed tree that fell on power lines is shown blocking the NW Seabeck Highway near Bremerton, Wash.,Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Rain, high winds, and power outages were expected throughout the Puget Sound area into the night Tuesday due to a Pacific storm system. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Debris from the beach below is tossed up and over a seawall by wind-blown waves and toward traffic Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle. Rain and high winds snarled the morning commute in the Puget Sound area and the Inland Northwest braced for severe weather that could include wind gusts to 70 mph. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A large tree lies across a street after being blown over by high winds near downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The winds followed a front that moved through California during the weekend, dropping rain and snow while lowering temperatures. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
An American flag flies half-staff in a strong wind at Los Angeles City Hall on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The winds followed a front that moved through California during the weekend, dropping rain and snow while lowering temperatures. Flags fly at half-staff in Los Angeles in honor of victims of terrorist attacks in Paris. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Palm fronds line the banks of Echo Park Lake after severe winds near downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. A cold front that whipped up a damaging tornado in a central California town moved south Monday, buffeting the Los Angeles area with gusts topping 60 mph. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
A man climbs Bernal Heights Hill on a cloudy day in San Francisco, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. A storm system moving across California is bringing cool, wet weather to the low lands and snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
A man carries an umbrella as he walks across a street in San Francisco, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. A storm system moving across California is bringing cool, wet weather to the low lands and snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Storm clouds gather over Port of Oakland cranes as viewed from Berkeley, Calif., Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. A storm crossed the region Monday morning, bringing rain, thunder and lightning to the drought-parched region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
SANTA ANA, CA., NOVEMBER 9, 2015: Sarad Lopez (cq) holds an umbrella while her mother shops on Fourth Steet in Santa Ana during a light rain November 9, 2015 (Mark Boster/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SANTA ANA, CA., NOVEMBER 9, 2015: Keisha Flores holds her umbrella while she shops on Fourth Steet in Santa Ana during a light rain November 9, 2015 (Mark Boster/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Emergency workers transport an injured woman following a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 80 in Berkeley, Calif., Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. A storm crossed the region Monday morning bringing rain, thunder and lightning to the drought-parched region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 06: A plane flys above the Tidal Basin on a warm evening November 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. Unseasonably warm weather in the Eastern U.S. has made the first few days of November feel more like late Summer. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Leaves change color on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 06: A woman rides a bicycle around the Tidal Basin on a warm evening November 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. Unseasonably warm weather in the Eastern U.S. has made the first few days of November feel more like late Summer. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
People walk along Times Square in New York on November 6, 2015. New York recorded its hottest November 6 in nearly 70 years, as skaters splashed through puddles on a much-loved ice rink and commuters strolled around in T-shirts. AFP PHOTO/ JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman has an ice-cream on a cone as she walks along a street in New York on November 6, 2015. New York recorded its hottest November 6 in nearly 70 years, as skaters splashed through puddles on a much-loved ice rink and commuters strolled around in T-shirts. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 06: A helicopter flies above the Tidal Basin on a warm evening November 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. Unseasonably warm weather in the Eastern U.S. has made the first few days of November feel more like late Summer. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
JACKSON, MS - NOVEMBER 07: Volunteers exit the course after play was called due to inclement weather during a continuation of the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship at The Country Club of Jackson on November 7, 2015 in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
Fallen autumn leaves on the road on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, in Mundelein, Ill. As the cold front that triggered showers and thunderstorms overnight moves off to the east, colder air will ride gusting west winds into the Chicago area Friday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
MAMMOTH LAKES, CALIF. -- TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015: Snow making in full force after a fall Sierra Nevada storm dropped nearly a foot of snow at Mammoth Mountain and less in town in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., on Nov. 3, 2015.(Photo by Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MAMMOTH LAKES, CALIF. -- TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015: A bike rose rides through snow in town after a fall Sierra Nevada storm dropped nearly a foot of snow at Mammoth Mountain and less in town in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., on Nov. 3, 2015.(Photo by Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MAMMOTH LAKES, CALIF. -- TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015: A fall Sierra Nevada storm dropped nearly a foot of snow at Mammoth Mountain and snowmaking is piling on in anticipation of a November 5 opening day in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., on Nov. 3, 2015.(Photo by Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 30: Residents of the Onion Creek neighborhood were evacuated in the morning October 30, 2015 in Austin, Texas. After Hurricane Patricia's passing last week, the region was hit with more torrential rain and possible tornadoes. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 30: Residents of the Onion Creek neighborhood were evacuated in the morning October 30, 2015 in Austin, Texas. After Hurricane Patricia's passing last week, the region was hit with more torrential rain and possible tornadoes. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 30: Residents of the Onion Creek neighborhood were evacuated in the morning October 30, 2015 in Austin, Texas. After Hurricane Patricia's passing last week, the region was hit with more torrential rain and possible tornadoes. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
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