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February 6, 2015 at 8:10 PM

Eastern Washington hit with dirty rain

SPOKANE — Residents of Eastern Washington are reporting rainfall that contained milky-colored or light gray dirt. The National Weather Service is stumped about the origin of the dirty rain. The weather service office in Spokane started receiving calls from across the region on Friday morning asking about the source of the dirt, which coated vehicles that were parked…

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February 6, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Rain-swollen Duckabush River floods homes at Brinnon

Seattle Times staff and The Associated Press BRINNON, Jefferson County — A flooding river has washed over at least a half-dozen homes at Brinnon on the Olympic Peninsula. Tanda McMillin, with Jefferson County Emergency Management, said the houses suffered minor flooding. “It looks devastating, but it’s only a few inches,” she said. On Friday morning, swift-water rescue teams were…

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January 19, 2015 at 7:28 PM

Tornado touched down near Gig Harbor, weather service confirms

A low-intensity tornado touched down near Gig Harbor on Sunday afternoon, uprooting trees and breaking limbs along a roughly four-mile path, the National Weather Service in Seattle determined Monday. No injuries were reported. The twister touched down at 2:18 p.m. about four miles west-southwest of Gig Harbor and lasted up to 15 minutes, said meteorologist Allen Kam….

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December 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM

170K customers without power across Western Washington

Update at 10:25 p.m.: More than 11,400 Seattle City Light customers are without power as wind whips through the region Thursday night. Multiple outages are affecting more than 170,000 customers in Western Washington. The National Weather Service recorded wind gusts of 48 mph at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday night, but flight delays have not yet…

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November 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Standing water, flooding concerns impact King and Snohomish counties

While the National Weather Service says that Friday’s rainfall hasn’t measured in at much more than an inch in Seattle, the storm has resulted in some major standing water in parts of Seattle and caused road closures throughout Snohomish County. The NWS issued flood warnings for the Skykomish, Snohomish and Stillaguamish rivers. “Between now and tomorrow night we’re going to see a lot of road closures,”…

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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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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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