Power outages in Northwest could continue for days

Power outages in Northwest could continue for days

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Power outages in Northwest could continue for days

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Associated Press

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 21 at 5:15 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — Tens of thousands of residents in the Northwest are facing the prospect of a cold, dark weekend after a winter storm that brought snow, ice and powerful winds left a mess of fallen trees and power lines.

There are still nearly a quarter of a million people without power including 230,000, mostly around Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia. New outages are still being reported. Puget Sound Energy says it could take into the weekend or later to get the power back on. Much of Washington's capital city, Olympia, is without power.

Temperatures have warmed and the icy, snowy conditions have abated in western Washington and Oregon but slick roads and fast-melting snow continue to bring challenges for road workers, city officials and rescue crews.

The region also faces more rain as swelling rivers lead to the worst flooding some Oregon counties have seen in more than a decade.

The storm system has been blamed for three deaths.

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