Flooding in Ore. Claims Mother, 20-Month-Old Son

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A storm hovering over the Pacific Northwest produced torrential rain in Oregon, causing severe flooding that claimed the life of a mother and her young child Wednesday night.

Authorities say an 18-year-old woman and her 20-month-old son were killed when raging flood waters swept their car from a grocery store parking lot in Albany.

A man tried to smash the car's window to save the pair, but he couldn't hold on as the vehicle filled with water and floated into a flood-swollen canal.

"My friend Jim was like, 'Do you have anything metal? Anything we can break the windows with?' So we got a hammer and he broke the window but at that point the car started sinking so far that we couldn't save it," an eyewitness told a reporter.

Meanwhile, two other people, a 24-year-old man who was driving the car and his 5-year-old son, were rescued after being swept downstream.

So far, the storm has claimed three lives.

**See the forecast for your area from the National Weather Service.

The same weather system clobbered the Seattle area a couple of days ago, dropping 17 inches of snow that caused a traffic nightmare for drivers.

Forecasters say the weather pattern is unusual for the region because the Pacific Ocean usually moderates the amount of snow west of the Cascade Mountains.

The National Weather Service is also concerned melting snow will lead to widespread flooding in the Northwest region.

In other weather news, the Midwest is seeing its first big snowstorm of the season. Chicago and St. Louis are expected to get around eight inches of snow.

Parts of Michigan and Indiana could see up to a foot of frozen precipitation.

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