Powerful Storms Hit Western U.S., Causing Flooding and Wildfires

The Pacific Northwest is inundated following days of rain, while South Dakota to Nevada have to contend with raging wind-spread fires.
2:23 | 10/16/16

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Back here at home, to some dangerous weather out west. A powerful storm lashing the coast from northern California to the Canadian border. Knocking down trees and knocking out power. And then in Nevada, a fire destroying 22 homes. And threatening 500 more structures. Rob Marciano with the forecast in minutes. But first, Neal Karlinsky reports from the storm zone. Reporter: The winds so strong, this man leaning into the blast of sand. Gusts approaching 60 miles per hour. The powerful storm packing a one-two punch of drenching rains and strong winds from Seattle to Portland. This home outside Olympia, Washington, smashed when a tree blew on top of it. We all stood up like, "What's that noise?" And then it just crashed. Crashed right through the house. Reporter: In Portland, flash flooding swamped cars. One man forced to climb out his window to escape. I didn't realize it was going to be waist-high. So I was pretty scared. Reporter: Again and again though, it was the wind wreaking havoc over two days of storms, bringing down trees on top of cars, across roads and power lines. Elsewhere in the west, it's wildfires causing problems. Red flag warnings stretch from New Mexico to South Dakota right now, including parts of eight states. The wind-driven wildfire north of Carson city, Nevada, has already destroyed 22 homes and continues to threaten hundreds more. This man evacuated along with his pets. Went outside and could see flames in the distance to the south of me. Reporter: But tonight, here in the northwest, the cleanup is on. And a big sigh of relief, too. This storm, predicted to be historic, wasn't nearly as bad as feared. Tom? Neal, thank you. I want to bring in rob Marciano, the west still getting pounded, though. Yes, the jet stream that powered the storms is still hitting the west coast. Windy in California, rain showers getting down to southern California as well. But more heavy rain for the pacific northwest. And the winds, critical fire danger. Red flag warnings from rapid city to Amarillo. And tomorrow, look for a high of 90 in Dallas, 82 in D.C. And into the 80s in New York. Hard to believe it's the middle of October. Rob, thank you.

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