3 killed, thousands without power in Northwest wind storm

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Thousands Without Power After Strong Storms Hit Washington State


SEATTLE (AP) -- At least three people have died and hundreds of thousands were without power on Tuesday as a severe storm packing high winds unleashed across the Northwest.

Police said a woman in her 50s was killed when a tree toppled taking down power lines as it fell in Spokane on Tuesday afternoon. Fire crews were unable to resuscitate the woman.

Another woman died after a tree fell on her car on Highway 904 about 15 miles southwest of Spokane, according to the Washington State Patrol.

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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 mid-20s was killed when a tree crushed his car as he was driving near Sultan in Snohomish County. The tree landed on the car's roof directly over the driver's seat, killing him instantly, said Fire Chief Merlin Halverson.

Their identities were not immediately released.

Puget Sound Energy reported nearly 178,000 customers without power in its Western Washington region Tuesday night as trees toppled onto roadways and power lines. An electrical power failure at a Tacoma sewer treatment plant resulted in waste water sewage discharging for a short time into the lower Puyallup River.

Two mudslides blocked Highway 2 between Skykomish and Deception Falls, the state Department of Transportation said. Ferry trips were delayed or canceled in several areas and Sound Transit trains were delayed due to trees and water on the tracks throughout the system.

Area rivers were also flooding from the Snohomish River near Monroe to the Snoqualmie River in King County. About 40 miles northeast of Seattle, Skykomish River was flooding downtown Sultan, prompting residents and business owners to place sand bags and leave for the night.

The Washington State Patrol temporarily closed Interstate 90 between the towns of George and Vantage in central Washington after winds whipped up a dust storm.

The National Weather Service issued a windstorm warning that began noon Tuesday and ran until midnight for most of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

The Weather Service said a Pacific storm system would arrive Tuesday afternoon, with sustained winds of 45 mph and with gusts up to 70 mph in certain areas including Spokane. Rattlesnake Mountain, a 3,500-foot ridge that overlooks the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southwestern Washington, saw wind gusts as high as 113 mph, the Tri-City Herald reported (http://goo.gl/cmSEN6).

Energy company Avista Corp. said more than 136,000 customers had lost power as of Tuesday night around Spokane and in Northern Idaho. Flights into and out of Spokane International Airport were canceled or delayed Tuesday evening.

The Cheney and Spokane campuses of Eastern Washington University closed Tuesday afternoon because of high winds.

The National Weather Service said the storm also brought heavy snow to the Methow Valley in north-central Washington.

In Oregon, thousands were without power in the greater Portland area and a flood watch was issued for the northern Oregon coast through Wednesday. State officials said heavy rain caused Portland's sewer system to overflow into the Willamette River and residents were urged to avoid contact with the river through Thursday evening.

More than 20 fallen trees closed eastbound Interstate 84 Tuesday night between exit 17 at Troutdale and exit 64 at Hood River for debris removal. Oregon Department of Transportation officials said they expected the closure to last until about noon Wednesday.

Around the country Tuesday, a powerful storm dumped heavy snow on parts of Colorado while bringing the threat of tornadoes to millions in central and southern states. Much of Interstate 70, Colorado's main east-west highway, was closed because of blizzard conditions on the state's Eastern Plains as well as in northwest Kansas, where up to 15 inches of snow and heavy winds are in the forecast.

Early Tuesday, two weak tornadoes touched down in the northern suburbs of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to the National Weather Service. No one was injured.

The storm that originated in the Gulf of Alaska could be a harbinger of El Nino, the ocean-warming phenomenon that's predicted to bring heavy rain to the West in the coming months, said Kathy Hoxsie of the National Weather Service.

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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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