Storm brings down trees, pow­er­lines in North­west

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Gene John­son

Trees and power lines snapped Satur­day as a pow­er­ful storm bear­ing the rem­nants of a Pa­cific typhoon hit the North­west.

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple were with­out power in Ore­gon and Wash­ing­ton on Satur­day as the storm made land­fall af­ter gath­er­ing in­ten­sity off the coast. The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said winds gusted above 50 mph in the Port­land area and that the strong­est winds would hit Seat­tle from about 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“We’ve def­i­nitely seen a good round of strong wind, with gusts along the coast any­where from 60 mph to 80 mph in some of the more ex­posed parts, and 50 to 60 mph in the Port­land area,” said Matthew Cullen, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the agency. “There’s scat­tered dam­age.”

Emer­gency crews re­ported trees and power lines down through­out the re­gion. The Tualatin Val­ley Fire and Res­cue posted a pho­to­graph on Face­book of a tree that crushed the new car and part of the home of a fam­ily in North Plains, Ore­gon, near Port­land. The Wash­ing­ton De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion said trees came down on In­ter­state 5 near Olympia, block­ing a lane.

No in­juries were im­me­di­ately re­ported Satur­day.

The storm brought heavy rain and wind from north­ern Cal­i­for­nia to Wash­ing­ton state.

The Quin­ault In­dian Na­tion, on the coast of Wash­ing­ton’s Olympic Penin­sula, fret­ted that the storm would bring a swell that would breach the sea wall that sep­a­rates its main vil­lage from the Pa­cific Ocean, but the wall was hold­ing Satur­day amid 30-foot seas, the tribe said.

The ocean has breached the sea wall twice in re­cent years, bring­ing ex­ten­sive flood­ing. The tribe is work­ing to re­lo­cate the vil­lage to higher ground due to the ris­ing sea-level from global warm­ing and the risk of a tsunami.


Park vis­i­tors take pho­tos from atop a view­ing deck over­look­ing the South Jetty of the Co­lum­bia River as a storm rolls in on Satur­day at Fort Stevens State Park in Ham­mond, Ore.

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