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Northwest Storm Kills 1, Knocks Out Power to 180,000
(Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun via AP)
At least one person was killed and thousands were left without power in western Washington Monday after a storm system brought on strong winds that downed trees.
The King County Sheriff's Office said a tree fell on a car in Renton, killing one individual and injuring two others, including a small child. The Seattle Times identified the victim as a mother in her mid-30s who was traveling in the vehicle with her 2-year-old, who is expected to be OK, and her sister, who was critically injured. The victim's name has not been released.
A 15-year-old girl was seriously injured in Port Orchard when a tree fell on a mobile home, according to the Associated Press. Another injury was reported in Bellevue's Eastgate neighborhood, where a tree fell onto a vehicle and hurt the driver, authorities said.
At the height of the outages, more than 180,000 homes and businesses in the Northwest were without power, many of which were in the Seattle area, according to the AP. Scattered outages were also reported south of Seattle, affecting Tacoma and elsewhere, the AP also reported.
The storms were especially damaging because many trees have yet to shed their leaves for the winter months.
"It’s been really pretty tough," Puget Sound Energy spokeswoman Janet Kim told the Seattle Times. "They are top-heavy and come onto our lines."
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