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Wild storm leaves thousands without power, 2 injured

Wild storm leaves thousands without power, 2 injured
Crews work to cleanup storm damage. November 3, 2013.
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SEATTLE - Thousands of families remain in the dark Sunday, and crews across Western Washington are still clearing damage done by a wild November storm.

At least two people were hospitalized with storm-related injuries. A 48-year-old driver was crushed by a tree while in his car in Monroe, and a 2-year-old boy was struck by a branch in Seattle's University District.

Intense wind kicked off the storm, and a blast of early November snow made for a treacherous night for travelers driving through mountain passes.

Strong winds gusting over 45 mph forced the DOT to close the 520 Floating Bridge. Troopers said there was a 4-5 foot sway in the bridge at the high-rises and that drivers in 50 cars abandoned their vehicles and walked off the bridge.

A trooper later escorted owners to their cars, and the bridge opened about two hours later as the winds subsided.

Reports came of trees down in Seattle's Maple Leaf neighborhood, North Tacoma, Kingsgate and across several areas of Kitsap County.

The wind only caused more problems on Highway 2 near Gold Bar. A massive tree came down, bringing power lines with it.

Power outages across the region were well over 100,000 as the storm raged on Saturday. Puget Sound Energy reported 95,000 customers without power while Seattle City Light reported 44,000 in the dark. Peninsula Light had over 1,000 while scattered outages were also reported in Snohomish County around Lynnwood and Mill Creek.

By Sunday evening, Seattle City Light estimated about 650 customers were without power, and Puget Sound Energy said 4,400 customers in more than 300 locations were still without power.

Crews continue to work on restoring power to homes, and hope to have everything restored by Sunday night.
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