High Winds and Rain Causes Damage

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WESTERN OREGON — The latest storm to bring high winds and heavy rain hit the Oregon Coast overnight.  Winds peaked early Tuesday morning with gusts as high as 84 mph near Newport, 95 mph near Mary’s Peak in Benton County, and near 35 mph in the Southern Willamette Valley. In addition to the high winds, heavy rain fell overnight, bringing this weeks rainfall totals above three inches near Eugene.

This combination of a very soggy ground and high winds is causing trees and power lines to come down across Western Oregon. Highway 101 was closed 13 miles north of Florence for over three hours because of a tree and power lines across the highway. Crews worked to clear the tree and both lanes were re-opened before 8 a.m.

Lane Electric reported scattered power outages throughout Lane County early this morning, affecting several hundred customers. Crews expect all power to be restored by 10 a.m. Pacific Power also reported several hundred customers were without power early Tuesday in Lincoln and Coos Counties. All power has now been restored to these areas.

The High Wind Warning has expired for the central and northern Oregon Coasts, but will continue for the southern Oregon Coast until 10 a.m. You can expect winds from the south of 40 to 50 mph with gusts to 75 mph. Winds to 80 mph are still possible out on the Capes and Headlands.

All of western Oregon will remain under a Flood Watch through Wednesday afternoon. Storm total rainfall will be 3 to 5 inches at the Coast, in the Coast Range, and in the Cascades. The Willamette Valley will see 1 to 2 inches. Localized flooding of small streams and creeks along with standing water on roadways is possible Tuesday.




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