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Storm snarls county

Fifty miles of U.S. 101 closed for days

Extreme weather wreaked havoc throughout Mason County this week.

Freezing temperatures, snow, ice and rain contributed to power outages, road and school closures, delayed garbage pickups and other maladies.

The most disruptive effect was the closure of a 50-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 101 from Hoodsport to state Route 104 due to downed trees and power lines. The road closed at 9:20 Sunday night and had yet to fully reopen as of Tuesday afternoon.

State Route 119 from Hoodsport to Lake Cushman also was closed most of Monday.

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