Wind, Rain Pummel Pacific Northwest

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Rain and wind have pounded Washington and Oregon, flooding streets, toppling large trucks, cutting power to more than 20,000 people, and causing at least one death.

Flood warnings have been issued for a handful of western Washington rivers, with moderate flooding expected Tuesday along the Chehalis River in the Centralia, Wash., area.

Nearly 2 inches of rain fell in six hours Monday in one Seattle neighborhood -- a total that Seattle Public Utilities meteorologist James Rufo-Hill called "extraordinary."

Wet weather is expected to continue through the week. But National Weather Service meteorologist Jay Neher in Seattle said Monday night: "The heavy rain is over. We're into showers now."

In Oregon, a hunter was killed Monday morning when a tree crashed on his tent near Nehalem as gusts reached more than 70 mph. And a Portland police officer was seriously injured when a tree fell during all-terrain vehicle training.

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