September 29, 2013

Wind and rain slam Washington, Oregon

Associated Press

SEATTLE — A late September storm is bringing heavy rains and high winds to parts of Oregon and Washington, with an urban flood advisory issued for the Portland area and forecasters predicting gusts of more than 50 mph across the greater Puget Sound region.

The National Weather Service issued high-wind warnings for tonight into Monday morning for a region that stretched from the Canadian border to south of Olympia, saying gusts could reach 60 mph. The cause was an area of low pressure moving ashore.

Also, the Idaho panhandle may see an inch or two of rain in the mountains, forecasters said. That is expected to cause creeks and streams to rise steeply and increase the risk of mud and rock slides in steep terrain.

The gusty weather comes after record rainfall in Western Washington. On Saturday 1.71 inches fell at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, more than double the old record of 0.83 of an inch set in 1948.

In Oregon the flood advisory was issued until tonight. Portland officials asked people to clear neighborhood drains to help curb flooding.

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