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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

December 9, 2014 at 5:58 AM

Heavy rains pushing Western Wash. rivers to flood levels

The Associated Press

UPDATE, 10:10 a.m. | Strong winds in Kitsap, Whatcom and Skagit counties are triggering power outages, Puget Sound Energy reports.

More than 4,000 customers are without power, according to the PSE outage map.

Seattle City Light reports three outages affecting 384 customers, but two of those were for planned work.

If you lose power, contact PSE at 1-888,225-5773 or Seattle City Light at 206.684.3000 or 206.684.74.

ORIGINAL POST | SEATTLE — A series of strong weather fronts with high winds and heavy rains could lead to flooding and landslides this week in Western Washington.

The National Weather Service expects as much as 14 inches of rain between Monday and Thursday in the Olympics. And they expect as much as 13 inches of rain in the North Cascades.

Forecasters have already issued flood warnings on the Bogachiel, Elwha and Skokomish rivers. They are watching for flooding on the Skagit, Nooksack, Puyallup and Stillaguamish rivers. And there’s a chance of flooding on the Chehalis and Satsop rivers.

Temperatures are above normal with highs in the upper 50s and the snow level in the mountains above 7,000 feet.

Saturated soils will bring the risk of mudslides while winds could topple trees.

Cooler, drier weather is expected for the weekend.

 

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