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Pacific Northwest Storm Update

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Release date: 
March 4, 1999
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A severe storm system moved across parts of Washington state on March 2 to 3, bringing periods of heavy rain and powerful wind gusts of more than 100 mph to coastal areas. Rough seas and waves of up to 50 feet have also been reported.

Local officials report one fatality due to a tree falling on a car. Some roads and bridges were closed. Damage to a drawbridge forced the closure of one of two routes used by thousands of Seattle commuters to cross Lake Washington. Some school districts were closed due to lack of power. At the height of the storm, more than 200,000 customers were without power, though most had been restored early today.

The Washington State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and as many as 10 County EOCs were fully activated in response to coastal flooding, windstorm damage and power outages. FEMA's regional office in Bothell, Wash. (Region X) has contacted state officials will continue to monitor the situation.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46