Intense gusts force wind warnings in 8 states, cause power outages for hundreds of thousands
Written by kslmadmin on January 14, 2021
In Washington, winds reached speeds of up to 70 mph, blowing over a tractor-trailer on the Deception Pass Bridge.
Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer told reporters a 40-year-old woman died after a tree fell on her car and trapped her inside.
In Oregon, the wind’s impact was just as destructive, and authorities reported that a landslide on Interstate 84 swept away 50-year-old Good Samaritan Medical Center nurse Jennifer Camus Moore, who remains missing.
Already swollen from rainstorms, several rivers began overflowing and the community of Dodson was told to evacuate after the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning.
More than 500,000 people lost power in the Pacific Northwest, according to the Associated Press.
Billings Logan International Airport saw winds at 68 mph, breaking a previous record set on Jan. 13, 2014.
High winds are expected to continue through the end of the week.
As a low-pressure storm system heads from the Midwest over the Northern and Central Plains, high-wind warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service.
The interior Northeast is projected to see snowfall and coastal rain over the weekend as the system heads toward the Atlantic coast.
Nevertheless, the National Weather Service reports that warm air from the Southwest will shift into the Northeast over the next couple of days. Temperatures will spike to 15-20 degrees above average in California, Nevada and Arizona.
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