Storms cut power in Washington state mountain towns for days

SKYKOMISH, Wash. (AP) — Rural mountain communities outside Seattle where unusually intense winter storms knocked out power for days have seen some relief. Convoys were able to bring in food and other supplies after crews cleared power lines and trees that had fallen across a highway leading to the small towns. A series of winter storms dumped several feet of unusual snow on parts of western Washington state. Authorities had warned it could be several days before power is fully restored for hundreds of people in the area. But late Thursday afternoon, authorities estimated power would be restored on Friday afternoon. As the storms moved south Thursday, heavy rain and strong winds battered parts of Southern Oregon and Northern California.