The Latest: Thousands without power after Pacific Northwest storm

The latest on heavy rains in the Pacific Northwest (all times local):

6:50 a.m.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says landslides and high water have closed parts of many state highways. Some of the hardest-hit areas were near the Oregon Coast, which was hammered overnight by heavy rain that has inundated the Pacific Northwest in recent days.

Strong winds knocked out power to many homes in the region. In Washington, Puget Sound Energy reported more than 70,000 power outages as of 5:30 a.m. Portland General Electric says crews are trying to restore power to 26,000 customers.

Flood warnings remain in effect in both states.


6:20 a.m.

A tree crashed into a Portland, Oregon, home, killing a 60-year-old woman, as the Pacific Northwest was inundated with another night of heavy rain.

Lt. Rich Tyler of the Portland Fire Bureau says the front corner of the house was completely sheared from the back of the house early Wednesday. Firefighters stabilized the home so they could remove the tree and recover the body, which has been sent for an autopsy.

The woman's brother and husband, who were also in the home, escaped uninjured.

More than 5 inches of rain have fallen on Portland since Sunday. The flooding in Oregon and Washington has unleashed landslides, flooding and wreaked havoc on transit systems.