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5 things to know this Tuesday

Fall weather in Puget Sound; COVID-19 relief funds; New COVID-19 travel requirements; Halloween vandals; Beluga whale's origin story.

Windy weather subsides in western Washington, more rain on the way

Strong winds slammed western Washington again Monday, bringing down more trees and power lines, as utility crews worked to restore power to thousands who lost it during Sunday's storm.

The rain will continue Tuesday with more breezy conditions, but the wind isn't expected to be as bad as Sunday or Monday.

Wednesday should provide a partly sunny break before the next storm is expected to develop Thursday as an atmospheric river moves over the region. The incoming storm brings a threat of river flooding Wednesday through Friday. Read more

Seattle residents could qualify for up to $3,000 in direct COVID-19 relief payments

The city of Seattle has organized a relief fund for low-income residents struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic with one-time direct cash payments available of up to $3,000.

The fund totaling $16 million is available for many residents, with the amount of relief determined by household size.

This fund is in addition to the $6.5 million being distributed to low-income immigrants through the city’s COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund and community-based organizations through Seattle Rescue Funds. Read more

US details new international COVID-19 travel requirements

Beginning on Nov. 8, foreign, non-immigrant adults traveling to the United States will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions, and all travelers will need to be tested for the virus before boarding an aircraft to the U.S., with tightened restrictions for those who are not fully vaccinated.

The new policy comes as the Biden administration moves away from broader country-based travel restrictions and bans toward what it terms a “vaccinations-based” system focused on the individual risk of the traveler. Read more

Vandals caught on camera destroying Halloween light show in north Pierce County

The future of a beloved Halloween attraction in north Pierce County is in question after two vandals took knives to its decorations over the weekend.

The Edgewood Light Show, located on 114th Avenue E between 32nd Street and 36th Street, runs its Halloween-themed show from Sept. 25 through Oct. 31.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, this was one of six vandalism incidents across the Edgewood area Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Read more

Beluga whale seen in Puget Sound likely from the Arctic Ocean

The beluga whale seen in Puget Sound earlier this month is likely from the Beaufort Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA scientists were able to pinpoint the whale's origin by analyzing genetic material collected from the whale.

The beluga whale was reported for the first time in Puget Sound the week of Oct. 3. The only previously documented sighting of a beluga whale in Puget Sound came in 1940 near Point Defiance. Read more 

Also see: Seattle local forecast

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