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November 23, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Tornado warning issued for Pacific County

Update at 9:45 a.m.: The National Weather Service says the tornado warning for west-central Pacific County and northwest Wahkiakum County has expired as the storm has weakened. Update at 9:33 a.m.: The tornado warning has been extended until 9:45 a.m. and now includes northwestern Wahkiakum County. Original post: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for…

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November 20, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Heavy mountain snow expected; I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass reopens

Update at 8:20 p.m.: Eastbound Interstate 90 near Snoqulamie Pass has reopened. The transportation department estimates the roadway will close and reopen throughout the night. Update at 7:32 p.m.: Eastbound Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass has closed because of heavy snow and disabled vehicles blocking the roadway. Update at 6:15 p.m.: Both directions of Interstate 90 near…

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October 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Tornado causes damage in Longview

The Associated Press LONGVIEW — A tornado ripped down power lines and damaged property on Thursday in Longview, forecasters said. Police asked residents to avoid a section of the city. Video taken by a citizen appeared to shows roof tiles being blown off a building. “I could see the funnel cloud forming and where it touched down between…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Longview, National Weather Service, wind damage

October 10, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Sneaker wave warning on Washington, Oregon coasts

The Associated Press PORTLAND — The National Weather Service says dangerous sneaker waves are possible this weekend on the coast of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Waves as high as 18 feet could unexpectedly reach farther up the beach than expected or knock people off jetties and rocks. The weather service says people at the beach shouldn’t turn their…

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September 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Winds fan wildfire that damages 3 Wash. homes

PORTLAND, Ore. — High winds and warm temperatures are challenging Northwest firefighters, especially in the typically windy Columbia River Gorge where a windblown wildfire on the Washington side damaged three homes and smoke from a fire on the Oregon side temporarily restricted traffic on Interstate 84. The National Weather Service says winds in the White Salmon,…

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September 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Weather Service issues red flag warning for W. Washington

A forecast combination of strong winds, low humidity and dry fuels has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for a large portion of Western Washington from Thursday morning to Friday evening. A red flag warning means that weather conditions could contribute to active fire behavior that would spread rapidly, the National…

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September 2, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Storm brings flooding, power outages to Seattle, Eastside

An early evening storm dumped  almost half an inch of rain on Seattle and contributed to flooding and power outages around the area Tuesday. The National Weather Service office in Sand Point recorded about four-tenths of an inch between 5 and 7 p.m., with peak gusts at 30 mph, meteorologist Allen Kam said. The storm system…

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August 13, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Rainfall overnight shatters 32-year-old record

The overnight rainstorm not only gave your lawn a much-needed watering, it shattered a 32-year-old record. According to the National Weather Service, .85 inches of rain have fallen at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport since 1 a.m. This shatters a record of .33 inches set in 1982. “1.33 inches fell since 9:53 p.m. last night. This is fairly uncommon for…

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August 12, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Dust storm blows through Eastern Washington

A strong dust storm blew through Ritzville in Eastern Washington on Tuesday evening as thunderstorms developed throughout the region, bringing strong winds and abundant lightning. The storm, known as a haboob, struck the area near Ritzville, Adams County, around 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Wind speeds at the time were between 40…

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August 11, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Seattle breaks heat record; relief expected Tuesday

UPDATE, 10 p.m. | A thunderstorm near Enumclaw produced pea-sized hail and heavy precipitation around 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The storm was moving northwest toward the Eastside. Puget Sound Energy said about 5,200 people are without power in the Redmond and Woodinville areas after an outage likely caused by lightning. ORIGINAL POST |…

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