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Northwest Braces For More

Still reeling from back-to-back storms earlier this week, the Pacific Northwest is facing another day of wind and rain.

Another storm is moving from the Pacific Ocean into parts of Washington and Oregon, two days after stormy weather left one woman dead and more than 300,000 without power.


Storm-tossed sailboat
CBS This Morning Meteorologist Craig Allen reports that some coastal areas in Oregon have already seen wind gusts of 50 to 70 mph. Flooding is possible in Washington because of rains that are moving in with the winds. High surf is pounding the region's beaches.

The entire Northwest region can expect another two to four inches of rain Wednesday with showers tapering off as the storm moves to the north on Thursday.

A woman was electrocuted by a downed power line in Monday's storm. More than 300,000 homes and businesses lost power and some are still waiting for electricity to be restored. Utility officials hope to have full power restored sometime Wednesday.


Building levelled in Oak Harbor, Wash.
Power was knocked out at parts of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, forcing the use of emergency generators. Takeoffs and landings were not affected.

Oregon authorities were forced to close the Independence Bridge, a main commuter route near Salem, after a large tree crashed down on it. Several roads in the area were closed because of flooding and near-blizzard conditions.

In higher elevations, the rain turned to snow, with high winds creating white-out conditions in some spots.

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