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Aberdeen may be cut off as river rises

Washington State, USA
THE WORST STORM TO HIT SINCE 1962
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Residents of Aberdeen were in danger of being cut off from the rest of the state, since the rising Chehalis River could block the only way in or out. The Chehalis River reached flood stage there early Wednesday morning. Combined with the high ocean tides, it could lead to flooding in Eastern Grays Harbor County and even in downtown Aberdeen. In the meantime, Grays Harbor County's power system was wiped out Tuesday evening and the big BPA line that feeds the county was down. Winds of up to 81 miles per hour tore up the coast and blocked virtually all highways with trees and downed power lines. Power could be out for more than a week. "You could hear glass breaking and metal flying down the street, and everything flying off all the buildings." Even the sturdiest of power line derricks couldn't stand up the winds that blew through Monday. Typical wooden power lines were snapped like twigs and crews are just getting started to get them cleared and replaced. The winds blew down entire groves of trees and left several communities with no food or gasoline services. Aberdeen police had to call in a fuel truck to fill up their cruisers. It's being called THE WORST STORM SINCE 1962.

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