Storm Damage Prompts State of Emergency in Washington

Northwest Storms

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency late on Wednesday after a deadly storm blew down trees, triggered mudslides and left thousands of people without power, NBC News reported. 

The decision activated the state's National Guard and cleared the way for state officials to ramp up aid for those suffering storm damage, according to NBC affiliate KING5.

"Many roads are closed from downed trees, active power lines, flood waters," Snohomish County Fire Chief Merlin Halverson said Wednesday. "It's a hell of (a) mess here."

Several rivers overflowed after Tuesday's storm dumped more rain over already-saturated western Washington. 

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