High Wind Warning issued for the Portland, Northwest Oregon area as “extreme” rain continues into the weekend
High wind warning is in effect for the Northwest Oregon Coast Mountains, Estacada, Sandy and other parts of western Oregon until Friday at 11 p.m.
The National Weather Service announced “extreme atmospheric river continues to affect the area with heavy rain and very windy conditions through tonight. Another round of heavier precipitation on Sunday, with Cascade snow returning as snow levels drop behind the outgoing system.”
In Clackamas County, election officials encouraged voters to get completed ballots for Tuesday’s general election early because of the forecast.
“Snow and other inclement weather may occur in certain areas of Clackamas County that may limit voters’ ability to drop off their ballots in an authorized drop box or at the U.S. Post Office,” according to a news release. “Submitting your ballots early will ensure that your vote counts in this election no matter what the weather brings.”
In Oregon, a wind advisory covers the Coastal Range of Northwest Oregon and the Lower Columbia, Grande Ronde, Burnt Woods, Tidewater, Swisshome and Veneta; in Washington, Willapa Hills. It also covers the towns of Sandy, Estacada, the upper Hood River Valley and Sweet Home, as well as Silver Falls State Park in Oregon. In Washington, the warning applies to Toutle, Ariel, Lake Merwin, Yale Lake and Cougar.
The National Weather Service predicted southwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 65 mph in some areas. “Damaged winds will blow down trees and power lines,” the weather service said. Scattered power outages were reported across Oregon on Friday.
“People should avoid being outside in wooded areas and around trees and branches,” the weather service warned. High profile vehicles can also have difficulties.
Rainfall totals were already between 2.5 and 5 inches in northwest Oregon by Friday afternoon. “By tonight, the bulk of the precipitation is expected to slowly move south and as such, areas south of Salem will likely see another 2 to 4 inches of rain by Saturday morning, and areas north of Salem will likely see an additional 1 to 3 inches.” “, the service announced.
“For higher elevations and southwest exposed terrain of the northern Coast Range, Willapa Hills and Cascades an additional 2 to 5 inches by Saturday morning,” the weather service said.
A flood watch has also been issued for the Eagle Creek drainage area. “Flash flooding and debris flows from excessive rainfall remain possible over the Eagle Creek watershed in the Eagle Creek burn zone,” the weather service said.
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