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SEATTLE – A winter storm struck Washington's state of Washington and forced the departure of flights to Seattle when officials worked to get people out of the streets and shelters between the newest nation with winter weather.
Gov Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency for the state of Washington, in which everyone in the country should focus on staying safe, as a warning of the winter storm came into effect from Friday to Saturday at 4 pm. PST.
"The announcers predict that this could be a storm, unlike what we have seen for years," he said.
Snow began to fall north of Seattle, and some areas recorded 8 inches of snow before it came south and surrounded the city.
Many businesses have closed down so that workers can return home.
More than 50,000 customers were without electricity on Saturday, said the American company Puget Sound Energy.
On Saturday, at 9 am PST canceled more than 180 flights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
In California, more than 120 visitors and employees were rescued after five days of snowing in the Sierra Nevada resort.
Up to seven meters of snow, guests and staff were seized on Sunday at Montecito Sequoia Lodge in Kings Canyon National Park, said Alicia Embrey, US Forestry Representative.
The crew had to get to the huts in the mountains east of Fresno by snowmobile. Heavy equipment and crew were then cleared of more than 20 fallen trees and 8 miles of deep snow on the road leading to the hut to allow guests and staff to leave the property on Thursday evening.
Another winter storm was on the way to this region.
In the Yosemite National Park, trees that were damaged during snowstorms early this week damaged 50 residential buildings near Half Dome Village.
Elsewhere, more than 148,000 customers were without electricity in Michigan, which followed several days of icy rain. The consumer energy company has said that power will be restored by late Sunday.
In Seattle, officials called on people to stay out of the road, as traffic from snow in some cities slowed down.
"It does not matter where you go, you expect it to last very long." On Twitter, the Washington Department of Transport said.
Schools and schools have abandoned classes before the storm, which is supposed to bring 6 to 8 centimeters of snow. There were canceled or delayed flights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Snowfall from Sunday and Monday continued during the week, as temperatures fell under ice below the surface. A 59-year-old man died on Thursday due to exposure at the Seattle Railway Station.
An additional space for shelter opened by city and district officials was filled. The city was focused on people who are ready to get in, said Will Lemke, a representative of the Seattle Human Department Department, for the Seattle Times.
"This is an extreme weather event, and offering shelter is the most important thing we can do now," he said.
The announcers said Portland, Oregon, could get up to 4 inches later, and two more snow is expected to hit the city next week.
The residents of Portland and Seattle, two places where rain is more frequent than snow in the winter, emptied the store shelves and waited in long lines to buy shovels and a defrost.
Autumn Sang was in a retirement store in Tualatin, Oregon, on Friday, when he prepared for a storm for himself and a neighbor who is disabled and has no car.
Sang said she had never seen that the store was so crowded. She grew up in South Oregon, where snow was more frequent and was not accompanied by the forecast.
"I like it, I'm so excited about this," she said for the snow. "I think that the Portlandians are mostly urban people and come from many different places, so they are not so used. It's like," Use your brain! If you do not have to go out, do not walk out.