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Washington Governor, Christine Gregoire, Declares Storm Emergency

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire has declared a statewide emergency in response to storms lashing Washington.  That means the state's Army National Guard is on standby to help local officials if they call for assistance.

Gregoire also says some hikers have been trapped by the bad weather in the North Bend area.  A helicopter from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station was sent to rescue them.  A Coast Guard helicopter out of Port Angeles also is being sent to rescue some families in Mason County, who are trapped by floodwaters.

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