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Fri., Dec. 15, 2006, 12:56 a.m.

Huckleberries Weather Report — from Last Night

*12:20 a.m. Friday, "We're getting gusts up to 90 miles per hour here. It's actually kind of scary. If you stare at our sliding glass door you can see it bend in as the wind hits it. I just hope it stays right there" -- Sam/Bellingham, Wash.

*10:41 p.m., "Gads, I have never heard the wind blow so hard. The local cable weather station says it just hit 58 mph. Rain hitting the windows now. I'm going to batten down the hatches and hunker down. Don't want to be by a window right now" -- CC/near Palouse, Wash.

*11:10 p.m., "Getting kinda scary out there. I expect my power to go out any minute. Sounds like my roof is about to come off. Ack!" -- Family Phil.

*11:18 p.m., "I can really hear the wind howling outside... tomorrow will be a sad site. Inflatable and plastic Santas will be everywhere... and I'm pretty sure it's bad luck to run over a plastic Jesus" -- Inspector Gadget/Post Falls.

9 p.m., "The wind blew so hard that it blew us out of the stadium or was that the San Francisco 49ers who blew us out?" -- Seattle QB Matt Hasselback.

*5:57 p.m., "It's warmed up and the snow has now turned into a light, but steady, rain. The wind gusts have almost completely quit. I’ve been watching the Spokane TV stations weather-wo/men and all have forecast extensive high winds, with possible power-outages and chances for wind related damage to trees and structures, after midnight" -- Lesley Presley/northern Kootenai County.

5:36 p.m., "It’s like a tropical storm in spurts….The rain comes down in bursts; in a tropical storm, it never lets up. The wind/rain is coming in squall lines. The water in our street is up over the curbs; the driveways are like feeder streams. We’ve had several power outages…longest was about five minutes. I’m supposed to be at a church council meeting at 7:00 p.m. I don’t think I’ll be making it" -- Marianne Love's brother in Tacoma.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.