Claims News Service, Dec. 18, 3:40 p.m. EST — According to a Guy Carpenter catastrophe report, severe storms swept through Washington and parts of Oregon on Dec. 14 and 15. The event resulted in six deaths and extensive damage to homes and businesses. Wind gusts of 100 mph on the Oregon and Washington coasts intensified the heavy rain and snow and caused blizzard-like condition in the mountains.

Approximately 1.5 million homes and businesses experienced power outages during the storms. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire declared a state of emergency, allowing several counties to spend money in order to help victims.

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