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Western Washington slammed with flooding, high winds

A strong atmospheric river was bringing record flooding and damaging winds to parts of Northwestern Washington Monday.

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Strong winds leave semi precariously perched on Deception Pass Bridge

Strong winds around 50 mph nearly sent a semi truck off the Deception Pass Bridge near Anacortes, Wash.

The driver was able to get out and was OK, according to the Washington State Patrol. But northbound lanes were blocked until the truck could be cleared.

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Storm debris took out a Skagit River flood gauge.

Debris floating in the high water destroyed the river gauge on the Skagit River in Mt. Vernon. The National Weather Service warns near-record flooding continues but they can't issue further flood level updates.

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Nearly 140,000 homes and businesses without power in Washington

UPDATE: Power companies are slowly restoring power to homes and businesses in Washington. Poweroutage.us reports 137,762 customers are still in the dark.

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New all-time rain record set in Bellingham, Wash.

Bellingham, Wash. has picked up 5.57" of rain since Saturday.  This is a new record for the most rain to fall in a three day span. The old record was 4.90 inches. Records for the city date back to 1949.

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Water rescues in Skagit County

Water rescues are under way in Skagit County, Wash, due to high flood waters:

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At least 2 homes damaged by tree falls in Auburn, Wash.

At least two homes were damaged by tree falls in Auburn, Wash. as high winds raked the area.

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5 tree falls; 13 calls for wires down in South Puget Sound region

With winds gusting to 50 mph, the Valley Regional Fire Authority, who covers parts of southern King County, has responded to five trees across roads or on homes, plus 13 wires down and other storm related incidents, the agency said.

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UPDATE: Coast Guard rescues 10 from high waters near Forks, Wash.

UPDATE: USCG helicopter crews have successfully evacuated 10 people from flooded residential area west of Forks, Wash, near Highway 110.

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Over 170,000 people now without power in Washington

Over 170,000 people are now without power in Western Washington after ferocious winds gusting over 70 mph hit parts of the region.

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City of Mount Vernon declares emergency

The city of Mount Vernon has declared a state of emergency ahead of anticipated major flooding by the nearby Skagit River, which is forecast to approach record high levels Tuesday morning.

"The prediction of possible unprecedented river levels has forced the reduction of many normal City services to allow staff to respond to community, flood-related needs," city managers said. "Flood protection measures (flood wall) has been deployed in downtown Mount Vernon and the Skagit Riverwalk and Plaza are closed."

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Mudslide hits three cars in Whatcom County

A mudslide came down across the northbound lanes of I-5 in Whatcom County near Bellingham, striking three vehicles, according to the Washington State Patrol. Luckily no injuries.

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Flooding along Lake Samish

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Mudslide reported on Highway 112 in Clallam County

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75 mph wind gust reported on Whidbey Island

A surge of west wind is bring damaging wind speeds to Whidbey Island. A gauge just measured a gust of 75 mph in Coupeville while the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station hit a gust of 61 mph.

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Water rescues under way in Whatcom County

Whatcom County Sheriff's say they are evacuating stranded residents in Everson, Wash. due to high flood waters.

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Watch: Cold Front slams into Port Angeles, Wash.

Time lapse video shows a cold front hit Port Angeles, Wash, with a wall of wind and rain:

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Town of Hamilton, Wash. voluntarily evacuated

The town of Hamilton, Wash. was voluntarily evacuated overnight due to rising flood waters and the Red Cross has set up a shelter at a nearby church.

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Waters still rising in Sumas, Wash.

Rescues ongoing in Sumas, Wash. due to floods.

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Flooding in Skagit County, Wash.

The Skagit River continues to rise, flooding homes between the towns of Hamilton and Sedro-Woolley, Wash.

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Wall of wind shows up on radar

A surge of west wind chasing a potent cold front is showing up on the radar as it heads toward Port Townsend, Washington.

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Over 77,000 in the dark now in Western Washington

Just over 77,000 are now without power in Western Washington, including over 45,000 in King County that houses Seattle and Bellevue, according to poweroutage.us

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Flooding near Lynden, Wash.

Hampton Road sits under water near Lynden, Wash.

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Dramatic view of storm on satellite image

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Nearly 60,000 people without power in Western Washington

High winds and saturated soils have contributed to several power outages in Western Washington. About 60,000 are without power as of 10:45 a.m. PST.

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Flooding in Bellingham, Wash.

Flood waters cover streets in Bellingham, Wash.

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Cars drive through flood waters in Sumas, Wash.

More flooding photos from Sumas, Wash.

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Seattle hits 58 mph wind gust

Winds gusted to 58 mph just before 10 a.m. in Seattle. Winds hit 53 mph in Olympia and Hoquiam and 52 in Gig Harbor. The 58 mph gust in Seattle ties for the 4th strongest gust recorded in the 21st Century.

Nearly 43,000 people without power now in Western Washington.

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Rising floodwaters in Sumas, Wash.

Floodwaters continue to rise in Sumas, Wash. These images of Downtown Sumas were taken just over 30 minutes apart:

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I-5 blocked near Bellingham due to trees down/mudslide

All lanes of I-5 North are blocked at Nulle Road in Bellingham due to fallen trees and a mudslide. There is no estimate when it will reopen.

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Multiple vehicles washed off road in Sumas, Wash.

The City of Sumas reports that multiple cars have been washed off the road and drivers are awaiting rescue as flood waters reach the city.

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Flooding in Sumas, Wash.

Flood waters have inundated downtown Sumas, Wash. along the Canadian border and closed the road to Canada, Sumas Police report.

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