Strong Winds Pound Oregon Coast

There have been four large storms in just under a week, bringing heavy rains and gusty winds to the coast, causing some problems for motorist along Highway 101.

The winds pounded the coast Monday night into the morning.

ODOT crews were called out around 4 a.m. on Highway 101, after 69 miles per hour peak wind gusts toppled a tree over.

It fell across the roadway, blocking both lanes of traffic before landing on power lines.

Crews were able to clear the tree by 7:30 a.m. but had flaggers in place to direct traffic while the power lines were fixed in the afternoon.

Further down the road, a North Bend state park worker spent the day clearing downed trees alongside the highway, but he says he hasn’t been as busy as expected.

As for drivers, many say the gusty winds and rain weren’t too much of a problem.

Many motorists were out handling the windy conditions just fine.

The winds are still strong but are expected to die down as we head into Tuesday night. We’ll see somewhat of a break before the next system moves through.

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