Woman pinned to bed by tree that smashed through ceiling during storm
A woman had to be rescued from her own bed after she was pinned down by a tree which blew down and smashed through her ceiling during a powerful storm.
Emergency crews were called to the partially-collapsed home in Washington State in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer told KXLY a huge branch snapped off the trunk and speared between her and her husband as they slept.
Firefighters worked to carefully free the woman, who was later taken to hospital for a crush injury.
Her son said she sustained an injury to her arm.
Another woman, in her 40s, died when the 70mph winds blew down a tree which landed on her car.
Photos show emergency crews working to remove the huge tree, which had crushed the vehicle and trapped the victim inside.
More than 500,000 people across the state and in Oregon lost power on Wednesday morning.
Students at Western Washington University had to leave after trees fell on their dorms, while Eastern Washington University cancelled both in-person and online classes.
In Oregon, residents of the small community of Dodson were told to evacuate after the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Wednesday morning, KOIN-TV reported.
The weather service told residents to call friends in the area to wake them up and tweeted that the situation has been ‘deemed too dangerous to send in rescue crews’.
Part of Interstate 84 was shut after a 50-year-old driver was swept away after hitting a landslide.
Officials also described how a tractor-trailer was almost blown off as it attempted to cross the Deception Pass Bridge north of Seattle.
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