High winds continue to hammer Western Wash.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 22, 2012 at 12:55 PM

SEATTLE -- The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for parts of Western Washington, as thousands remain without power after a snow and ice storm battered the region.

Forecasters say winds of 40 mph or gusts of up to 60 mph are likely Sunday along the coast and in the San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island, Bellingham and Anacortes.

Puget Sound Energy says crews are working around the clock to restore power to about 119,000 customers in King, Pierce and Thurston counties still in the dark Sunday morning. The Snohomish Public Utility District says about 4,000 customers are still without power.

In Oregon, snow is forecast for the Hood River valley and the Columbia Gorge. Rain may cause more flooding in some rivers.

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