A week’s worth of snow and rain in the Pacific Northwest have shut down roads. EvacuationsNow, he is suspected to be responsible for the apparent death of a Washington State man.

The 72 year-old man and his car were likely swept away in floodwaters Friday morning, according to Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office. However, the vehicle is still not found.

The flooding comes as a storm on Friday continued to deluge the Pacific Northwest and snow buried a critical highway in Nearly 40 avalanches.

Between Seattle and Spokane, the major route across Washington’s Cascades was closed Thursday due to avalanche danger, heavy snow and low visibility. That section of road, I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass, remained closed Friday.

“Closed means closed … please don’t pass road closure signs,” a Twitter account of Washington State Department of Transportation Friday in reference to a picture of a semi truck buried in snow at White Pass, another closed section of road.

Four mountain passes connecting the east and west portions of the state are expected to remain closed into the weekend.

In southwestern Washington, a 20-mile stretch of Interstate 5 was closed in both directions due to flooding from the Chehalis River. All lanes in that area reopened Friday afternoon. 

According to CNN, residents in Mason County’s Skokomish valley were placed under evacuation orders due to rising waters and “imminent flood”

According to the National Weather Service office in Seattle, several cities in Washington broke rainfall records Thursday, which likely triggered flooding, CNN said. 

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After Issaquah Creek caused water to run over streets, Issaquah Creek closed down parts of downtown Issaquah. After the creek flooded the banks of an apartment building, it was forced to be evacuated. The water also reached the underground parking area.

A person stands in floodwaters as they help a truck towing a food trailer turn around due to high water over a street near NE Kresky Ave. in Centralia, Wash., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. The latest storm to hit the Pacific Northwest brought flood warnings, the shutdown of a major mountain pass, school closures and icy roads Thursday.

Numerous watches and warnings were in place in Washington, Oregon. This included a flood warning for northern Oregon Coast residents after huge rainfall.

Cliff Mass, a Seattle meteorologist wrote that we are currently experiencing “one of the most active weather seasons in a while” on Friday’s Seattle Weather Blog. 

According to the National Weather Service, Southwest Washington suffered its worst floods in 10 years. Some rivers rose at 18 feet or more late Thursday. 

The National Weather Service said Hoquiam, Washington, received 5.78 inches of rain Thursday – the city’s wettest day ever recorded. Other areas saw nearly half the rain they’d expect to see for the month of January in one day, according to the weather service.

According to forecasters, the rains will recede over the weekend.

Contributing: The Associated Press, The Kitsap Sun 

Source: USAToday.com


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