According to a Guy Carpenter catastrophe report, severe storms swept through Washington state and parts of Oregon on December 14 and 15. The event resulted in six deaths and extensive damage to homes and businesses. 100 mile per hour wind gusts in the Cascade region 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 King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties to spend money in order to help victims.

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