Strom Cause Deaths And Floods: Early police investigations indicate that at least two fatal automobile accidents involving four people happened in Oregon on Tuesday as a consequence of the winter storm that brought significant wind gusts to the state. The weather, according to police, played a factor in a third tragic crash that killed one person and injured another.
According to an Oregon State Police news release, three people died when a massive tree fell on their pickup truck along U.S. 26 roughly 15 miles east of the coast due to severe rain. When rescue workers arrived, all of the passengers had already died. Further east on U.S. 26 on Mount Hood, a commercial truck driver was murdered when a large tree fell on his cab owing to snow and high winds, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and fall off the road.
The 53-year-old driver of the vehicle, who was also its only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another individual was killed when a tree fell on their pickup truck on Interstate 84 near Cascade Locks in the Columbia River Gorge, according to officials. The driver was injured and was taken to the hospital. According to Captain Kyle Kennedy, a spokesperson for the state police, the tree’s fall was most likely caused by weather.
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Electricity Outage Due To Strom
Strong winds felled trees and brought down power lines throughout large portions of the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday, stranding more than 160,000 people. The National Weather Service’s Portland office’s Andy Bryant recorded wind gusts of 107 mph at Mount Hood’s iconic Timberline Lodge and 86 mph at Cape Perpetua on Oregon’s central coast.
According to the online tracker power outage, more than 30,000 Oregon households were still without power as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, despite utility companies’ attempts to restore service. Portland General Electric and Pacific Power were among the utilities reporting the most disruptions. Both firms reported having hundreds of service crew members working to assess and repair the damage, some of whom were from out of state due to store people facing deaths and waning trends in their income.
The previous day’s windstorm badly damaged power lines in and around North Bend and Snoqualmie, leaving thousands of residents without power in Washington state east of Seattle on Wednesday afternoon. Electricity was projected to be restored to the area at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to Puget Sound Energy spokesman Gerald Tracy, although he cautioned that the deadline may be pushed back if additional complications occurred.
Because of the area’s “mountainous landscape” and “more remote regions,” Tracy added, employees may need to “travel out” on foot and make do with hand tools. The storm system that slammed the region on Tuesday caused massive waves, high tides, and flooding.
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Effects Of Strom On Sea Levels
According to the National Weather Service, wave heights of more than 30 feet have been reported along the Oregon coast. Storm surges overwhelmed Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, leading several residents to take to their kayaks to clear their homes of water using only buckets. Officials said that a record high tide of 18.4 feet (5.61 meters) swamped parts of Olympia, the state capital, and that jellyfish were pushed over the beach and into the streets.
Until Friday afternoon, the Seattle area is under a coastal flood warning. The Associated Press’ Lisa Baumann called in from Bellingham, Washington. Claire Rush is a corps member with the Associated Press’ Statehouse News Initiative and Report for America. Report for America, a voluntary national service effort, places journalists in local newsrooms to cover issues that might otherwise go unreported. Claire’s tweets may be subscribed to.
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