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A third death reported in Northwest storms

PORTLAND, ORE. -- The body of a woman who disappeared on a storm-battered beach was found yesterday, the third death recorded in a wave of stormy weather in the Pacific Northwest that smashed rainfall records and that threatened hundreds of homes, authorities said.

A search continued for the woman's friend, who was not immediately identified.

The storm had abated yesterday after sending rivers over their banks Monday and Tuesday, causing millions of dollars in damage.

The governor of Oregon, Ted Kulongoski, declared an emergency in coastal Tillamook County, where about 100 people were evacuated because of rising water in the area.

The two women were last seen walking on the beach on Tuesday, near Gleneden Beach.

Lieutenant Vicky Ryan of the Depoe Bay Fire District said she saw the women and "cautioned them to not go out on the beach because of the high water."

They apparently moved to another stretch of beach, she said. The body of one of the women was found yesterday, Ryan said. She did not say where the body was found, saying she could not release more information until relatives were notified.

Two deaths were reported in Washington state: a hunter whose pickup truck was swept into the Cowlitz River and a man who ignored road closure signs and whose vehicle was swept into the same river.

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire had declared an emergency for 18 counties on Monday, authorizing the National Guard and the Emergency Management Division to offer assistance.

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