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Emergency officials: Storm not as bad as feared

Associated Press - December 21, 2008 4:15 PM ET

SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say emergency operations are wrapping up, and this weekend's storm didn't pack as much punch as feared.

Washington Emergency Management spokesman Rob Harper says fewer than 5,000 people lost power statewide, and those were mostly scattered outages.

He says county emergency operations are scaling back or closing Sunday.

Nevertheless, a few issues remain - mostly related to transportation and clearing roads. Looking to next week, Harper says officials will be keeping an eye on snow and potentially below-zero temperatures in Eastern Washington.

In Western Washington, there might be some warming, but roads are expected to be icy overnight.

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