Wind, rain pummel Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE (AP) — Residents in Washington state and Oregon are braced for more of the same today after a fierce storm that swamped streets, toppled trees and large trucks and cut power to nearly 50,000 residents.

At least one death is blamed on the weather.

Flood warnings have been issued for a handful of western Washington rivers, with moderate flooding expected today in the Centralia area. Residents there were told where to find sandbags and were directed to move any endangered livestock to higher ground.

Puget Sound Energy reported 24,000 electricity outages while the storm knocked out electricity to as many as 24,000 Pacific Power customers in Oregon.

BNSF Railways imposed a 48-hour moratorium on passenger and commuter trains travel between Everett and Seattle.

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