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In brief: West Side wind storm leaves thousands in the dark

Mon., Nov. 4, 2013

SEATTLE – Thousands of people remained without power in Washington following Saturday’s wind storm.

The storm knocked out power to about 150,000 people in the Puget Sound region. About 10,000 were still without power Sunday in King, Kitsap and Snohomish counties.

Puget Sound Energy said it expected most people to have power restored by Sunday night.

Woman dies in fall from beach bluff

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. – Police said an elderly woman has died in a fall from a beach bluff in Port Townsend.

The Peninsula Daily News reported that a passer-by spotted her body on the cliff side Saturday morning, but crews were not able to reach it right away because the high tide and choppy water blocked access. The body was recovered Saturday evening.

The woman’s identity was not immediately released. The Clallam County Coroner’s Office planned an autopsy, but Port Townsend Deputy Police Chief Michael Evans said there’s no sign of foul play.

The cliff, below Elmira Street Park, is known as “End of the World” bluff. On Oct. 13, a large portion of the bluff where the body was found collapsed into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Hazmat spill closes interstate highway

BAKER CITY, Ore. – A commercial truck carrying 4,200 gallons of an industrial chemical crashed on Interstate 84 east of Baker City, prompting a hazmat response that closed the highway for several hours Sunday.

It wasn’t clear what caused the 12:45 a.m. accident. The Oregon State Police said the truck’s driver, Ronald Hanes, 61, of Sacramento, Calif., was injured and was picked up by a passing vehicle with four occupants. All five were decontaminated by fire personnel and taken to a hospital as a precaution.

The highway reopened Sunday morning.


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