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Heavy rains pummel Northwest

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During a strong gust of wind, Michele Purkey's umbrella flips back as she crosses the intersection of First Avenue and Wall Street on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in downtown Spokane, Wash. Residents in Washington and Oregon are bracing for expected river flooding after heavy rain and winds that caused sporadic road closures, power outages and at least one death. The wet weather is expected to continue throughout the week, after hurricane-strength winds battered both states along the coast. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Colin Mulvany)

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Rain and wind pounded Washington and Oregon on Nov. 19, flooding streets, toppling large trucks, cutting power to more than 20,000 people and causing at least one death.

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