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It was the biggest storm the Pacific Northwest had ever seen. Even now, the Columbus Day Storm of 1962 ranks as the region's most destructive natural disaster in modern history.

October 12, 2012, marks 50 years since the devastating storm snuck up on the Northwest. Winds as strong as a Category 3 hurricane, topping 150 mph, pummeled Puget Sound, toppling trees, destroying cars, homes and buildings, and leaving the region without power for weeks. The violent storm killed 47 people and left a path of destruction along the entire West Coast.

The KING 5 Weather Team takes a look at the forces behind the monster storm and if a similar storm could happen again in a KING 5 Weather Special The Columbus Day Storm: 50 Years Later.

Watch the entire special:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Chief Meteorologist Jeff Renner recently talked with University of Washington's Cliff Mass about the science that powers KING 5's exclusive FutureCast technology. During that conversation, they marveled at how forecasters missed the mark, completely failing to predict The Columbus Day Storm of 1962.


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