Last Updated: Thursday, November 19, 2015

Washington storm kills 3; Emergency declared

Severe storm in Washington state has claimed lives of three people and left about 185,000 homes and businesses without power.

Governor Jay Inslee has declared a statewide emergency.

A motorist died near the city of Monroe, northeast of Seattle, when a tree fell from a cliff onto his car. In Spokane, a woman was killed by a falling tree, while another woman died on State Route 904 southwest of the city when a tree struck her car.

The city closed schools after winds up to 70 mph (113 kph) tore through the area, Reuters reported.