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    Three Killed as Wind Storm Strikes Northwest US

    By By Brett Rathbun, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist
    November 18, 2015, 8:13:58 PM EST

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    The latest storm in a series that will march across the northwestern U.S. claimed three lives in Washington state on Tuesday.

    Trees fell on all three people Tuesday afternoon, The Associated Press reported.

    Over 300,000 customers, mostly in western Washington, lost electricity as a result of the storm, utilities reported early Wednesday morning.

    The National Weather Service in Spokane, Washington noted that the number of power outages was higher than the iconic storm of 1996, where ice brought significant power outages to the region.

    Locally flooding rainfall, mountain snow and damaging winds pounded coastal British Columbia, Washington and Oregon through Tuesday night.

    While much of the region would enjoy any precipitation it can take due to the significant drought, there has been a large amount of rain that has fallen in a short period of time this month.

    Some locations have received nearly the same amount of rain they normally get for the entire month of November in just the first 15 days.

    Seattle has received the most rain this month than any calendar month since October 2014. Astoria, Oregon, hasn't gotten more than 12 inches of rain since over 14 inches of rain fell in December of 2012.

    Through Wednesday, the rain, wind and snow, shifts eastward into Idaho and Montana. Rainfall through Wednesday could total over 3 inches of rain across portions of the Cascades into Wednesday, continuing flooding concerns.


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    Mild air pushing in from the Pacific Ocean has pushed snow levels well above the passes in the Cascades. However, snow will mix with rain across the Bitterroot Mountains and Rockies of northern Idaho and western Montana.

    "The onslaught of heavy rain will continue across the Northwest this week," AccuWeather Meteorologist Matt Rinde said.

    A cold front will swing through the area during the day on Wednesday as a small area of high pressure will dry things out for a short period of time.

    The next storm will approach the Northwest by Thursday.

    While this next storm will likely bring with it less wind, the push of moisture will bring rain and snow across southern Washington, Oregon and much of Idaho on Thursday.

    Chilly high pressure digging down from British Columbia on Friday finally looks to dry out the region. Although it will be noticeably cooler across parts of eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana, the dry weather will persist through the weekend.

    AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Spamer contributed content to this story.

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