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Winds, rain knock out power in Oregon and Washington

December 18, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — High winds and heavy rains knocked out power to 17,000 people in northwestern Oregon, and winter warnings went into effect in western Washington.

Pacific Gas and Electric says it’s trying to restore power on Tuesday in Portland and surrounding areas amid rainfall and wind gusts.

Another utility, Pacific Power, says some 3,700 homes are without power on the southern Oregon coast.

In Washington, Puget Sound Energy says that about 3,400 customers on Tuesday are starting the day without power.

The National Weather Service says it measured wind gusts along the coast at 62 mph (100 kph). Lowlands will continue getting soaking rain that will turn to snow in the mountains.

Officials say that southwest Washington and the Olympic Peninsula have an increased risk of flooding.

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