Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

BELLINGHAM, Wash.—Nearly 50,000 Washington state electrical customers still had no power Tuesday after days of heavy rain triggered mudslides and floods and forced the closure of the West Coast’s main north-south highway near the Canadian border, officials said. The rains caused by an atmospheric river—a huge plume of moisture extending over the Pacific and into Washington and Oregon—was easing and road crews managed to reopen southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Bellingham, Washington. But the highway’s northbound lanes were still closed in the area. At the height of the storm, about 158,000 electrical customers on Monday had no power and schools in the city of Bellingham were closed on Tuesday for the second day in a row. North of Bellingham, authorities said one person was still missing Tuesday after being seen in floodwaters clinging to a tree. And a motorist in Bellingham was injured when a tree fell on a …

Author: The Associated Press
Source: https://www.theepochtimes.com/nearly-50k-still-have-no-power-after-washington-state-storm_4107789.html

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