The "Pineapple Express" swelled rivers in northwest Washington state to near record flood levels Saturday, causing hundreds of evacuations, and a tornado skipped across Hatteras Island off North Carolina, knocking out power.
The Gulf Coast also got walloped as wind-whipped seas caused offshore accidents from Texas to Alabama.Despite the pounding from disparate weather systems across the nation, just one death was reported. An unidentified crewman on Friday died after he fell off a ship in the gulf.
Near Biloxi, Miss., wind-driven seas threw a double barge into the Walter L. Nixon Bridge, knocking a few pilings loose. Officials said the bridge, which connects a coastal highway with I-10, will be closed indefinitely.
Wind kicked up Friday morning across the Louisiana coast. Offshore, winds ran up to 40 mph and gusted higher. By Saturday, the winds had slowed and seas were subsiding.
A 98-foot shrimper lost power about 10 miles south of Gulfport, Miss., and was wedged underneath an oil platform in 10-foot seas. Four crewmen were rescued Friday, and the ship was anchored in a nearby gas field.
At the mouth of the Mississippi River, a 75-foot trawler was pounded to splinters.