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High winds cause outages

SEATTLE – High winds brought down trees and branches and knocked out power to more than 100,000 people in Washington and Oregon, and many remained in the dark Saturday evening.

The Seattle Times reported that about 112,000 customers lost power in King, Pierce and Kitsap counties by early Saturday as winds gusted up to 70 mph. KING-TV said a home in the Enumclaw area burned to the ground in part because downed power lines blocked fire crews; no one was injured.

Power had been restored to about half of the homes by the afternoon.

Clark Public Utilities said about 5,000 customers were without service at mid-morning, with hard-hit areas in the north half of the county.

South of the Columbia River, Portland General Electric said about 5,000 of its customers were without power, most in Multnomah County.

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