Atmospheric River Whips Northwest; 1 Missing, Roads Closed

Flooding and landsides prompted the complete closure of the West Coast's main north-south highway near Bellingham, Washington.

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Two men stand in the flooded Skagit River and look across at an RV, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Flooding and landsides prompted the complete closure of the West Coast’s main north-south highway overnight Monday near Bellingham, Washington, as the culmination of days of storms and high winds wreaked havoc in the Pacific Northwest. The extreme weather was caused by an atmospheric river — a huge plume of moisture extending over the Pacific and into Washington and Oregon. More than 158,0000 customers were without power in Western Washington at one…

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