A powerful hurricane hits the US Northwest leaving 500,000 people without electricity

(ORDO NEWS) — A violent hurricane swept across the Pacific Northwest, killing one person and leaving a trail of damage, including a highway stop following a landslide. More than 500,000 people lost electricity.

The death occurred in Spokane when a woman in her 40s died after a tree fell on her car and trapped it inside, said city fire chief Brian Schaeffer.

Winds reached gusts of 50 to 70 miles per hour in areas of the Puget Sound area.

A strong wind brought down trees over a large region of Spokane. Avista, a Spokane-based utility company, said more than 70,000 customers were without electricity on Wednesday morning. About 430,000 consumers in other states of Washington and Oregon also lost power, officials said.

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