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Last Updated: Friday, 15 December 2006, 20:05 GMT
Pacific coast storm kills three
Map of Canada and USA showing storm region
A storm hitting the Pacific coast of Canada and the United States has killed three people in Washington state.

Heavy rain and winds gusting at more than 90mph (145km/h) caused flooding and knocked down power lines leaving thousands without electricity.

A 41-year-old woman drowned in Seattle, Washington, while two people in the state were killed in traffic accidents blamed on wind-toppled trees.

It is the third storm to hit parts of the region in the last week.

Morning traffic was thrown into confusion in both Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, as officials closed bridges due to the high winds.

Falling trees knocked down electricity lines, causing a loss of power to about one million utility customers in both Canada and the US.

BC Hydro said crews on Vancouver Island were still struggling to repair damage from an earlier storm.

The storm had begun to calm by Friday morning, but snow was expected at lower elevations.


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