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5 things you need to know this Wednesday

Power outages; Seattle mobile vaccines; Seattle homicide spike; Whatcom cases hit record high; $1 billion in lottery sales.

Windstorm knocks out power to thousands

Hundreds of thousands of people were without power Wednesday morning following an overnight windstorm.

There were nearly 560,000 power outages reported across the Puget Sound region around 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Winds peaked between 50-60 mph in some areas of King County and reached 68 mph on Smith Island in Island County.

Along with powerlines, the storm also knocked over trees which fell over roads and some homes across the region. Read more

Seattle mobile vaccines

The Seattle Fire Department has created two mobile units that will go to all long-term care facilities and adult family homes in Seattle that haven’t yet been given doses from the federal government.

They will give vaccines to all residents and staff who want them. The first doses should be done by Jan. 21 and the second doses should be complete by Feb. 21. Read more

Seattle homicide spike

Last year had the highest number of Seattle homicides in 26 years. 

In 2019, there were 31 homicides. In 2020, that number increased by 61% to 50 homicides. 

Seattle's police chief said there is more than one reason for the national spike in homicides. Read more

Whatcom cases hit record high 

Ten months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Whatcom County is seeing a record high number of cases. 

The Nooksack and Lummi Indian tribes are sheltering in place on their reservations.

Whatcom County borders Canada, which will stay closed to non-essential U.S. travel until Feb. 21 after another extension. Read more

$1 billion in lottery sales

There is more than $1 billion up for grabs this week and that’s great news for Washington's Lottery — as well their education beneficiaries.

Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is $550 million. There was no jackpot winner on Tuesday for Mega Millions' drawing, worth $625 million — though one Washingtonian won $1 million. The next Mega Millions drawing is Thursday.

The real winners are Washington's education programs, which receive a portion of lottery ticket sales. Read more

Also see: Seattle local forecast

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