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Utilities restore power to thousands in the Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE (AP) -- The power is back on in most of the 130,000
Pacific Northwest homes and businesses that were darkened yesterday
by a fierce storm with hurricane-force winds.
Utility crews repaired most of the electrical outages by
midnight, and they've continued to work this morning.
Winds higher than 70 miles per hour blew trees and branches onto
power lines and into cars and houses. The worst of the storm damage
occurred west of the Cascade Range.
The National Weather Service says wind gusts up to 119 miles per
hour blew higher than the 10,000-foot level of Mount Ranier.
The region's largest utility had about 77,000 homes and
businesses in the dark at various times yesterday.


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