Record Winds Wreak Havoc in the West

80-mile-an-hour winds cause power outages across the West.
3:00 | 01/12/14

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And we do begin with the powerful winds hitting both coasts. A storm brewing in the west and in the east, look at this. In raleigh, north carolina, 86 -mile-an-hour winds breaking a record. So many images like this one. Trees coming down. With warmer temperatures coming, frozen rivers after that arctic blast are now melting and bringing flooding fears. This image of the delaware river near trenton, new jersey. And look at this tonight. The flooding north of albany, new york. That truck under water there. In the midwest tonight, in chicago, the danger, the falling ice smashing into the sidewalks below. Tonight, a major change is coming and we begin with abc's linzie janis with the storm hitting the west right now. Reporter: Tonight, the big thaw causing a big mess. From washington to oregon, wind gusts of up to 85 miles per hour sending trees crashing into homes, cars, cutting power to tens of thousands. The crash was the trees taking my gutters off my garage. Reporter: You've already seen this incredible video of strong winds wiping out homes under construction in raleigh, north carolina. But we now know the winds at the city's airport clocked in at a record 86 miles per hour on saturday. In ohio, ice dams caused a river to overflow. Residents had to be rescued. Pets, too. It's a bad situation. We just had to help them get out of there. Reporter: In western new york, crews using boats, even a bulldozer, to free dozens of people trapped by flood waters. We lived here for 20 years. I've never seen the water this high. Reporter: From pennsylvania to maine, the u.S. Coast guard deploying ice breakers in rivers to try to stop the rising waters. Just a few days ago, the hudson river here in new york city was full of ice. That ice is now gone. And luckily, the flood watches along this river have been lifted. But tonight, authorities throughout new england say they are keeping a very close eye on rising rivers. David? Linzie, thank you. I want to bring in meteorologist chris knowles, back with us here tonight. We saw the damage with linzie there. You say these end credible winds continue tonight? Reporter: And into tomorrow, too, david. This is turning out to be the strongest storm of the year so far for the pacific northwest. Wind gusts up to 85 miles per hour, and of course, heavy mountain snow. Those advisories continue. Next up, we look in the middle of the country. A fast-moving clipper system drops snow there. And then look at the east coast. This is monday night into tuesday. A lot of rain there. All up and down the eastern seaboard. After that arctic blast, incredible, the temperatures you're talking about for the week ahead. Reporter: You're not going to believe this. Look at this. Monday's highs in new york right around 50 degrees. All of these temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees above normal. Chris knowles, thank you so much.

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