By Brett Rathbun – AccuWeather
The latest storm in a series that will march across the northwestern U.S. claimed three lives in Washington state on Tuesday.
Trees fell on all three people Tuesday afternoon, The Associated Press reported.
Over 300,000 customers, mostly in western Washington, lost electricity as a result of the storm, utilities reported early Wednesday morning.
The National Weather Service in Spokane, Washington noted that the number of power outages was higher than the iconic storm of 1996, where ice brought significant power outages to the region.
Locally flooding rainfall, mountain snow and damaging winds pounded coastal British Columbia, Washington and Oregon through Tuesday night.
While much of the region would enjoy any precipitation it can take due to the significant drought, there has been a large amount of rain that has fallen in a short period of time this month.