Breaking News Emails
One person was dead, tens of thousands of people were without electricity and a tractor-trailer was tossed on its side as a powerful storm swept across Washington state on Sunday.
Amid snow, rain and wind gusts in the western part of the state that clocked in at 20 mph to 60 mph, according to NBC station KING, a large tree fell on a vehicle in a Seattle park, crushing it and killing a man inside, the city's fire department said.
A toddler in the s backseat was rescued by a passerby and taken to a hospital with minor injuries, the station reported.
South of Seattle, a semi-truck flipped as it drove over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, although no serious injuries were reported, according to the station. On the coast, five people — including three children — were rescued by helicopter after their 12-foot skiff became stranded when winds reached 25 mph, the Coast Guard said.
At 5:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET), more than 175,000 Puget Sound Energy customers were without power, the company said. The outages stretched across nearly 200 miles, from just south of the Canadian border to Olympia.
The western corner of the state may have gotten the worst of storm, but rain was being reported across much of the Pacific Northwest on Sunday. Flood warning and watches were in effect from southern Oregon to San Francisco, where a series of storms pounded the drought-stricken region over the last week.
One to two inches of rain is expected in the coastal regions of Washington, Oregon and California through Monday, according to The Weather Channel. Snowfall in the Cascades and Sierra mountains could reach 3 feet, the National Weather Service said.