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Furious Weather in Oregon Relentless So FarKevin Hays and Tim King Salem-News.com
The storm snapped the world's tallest Sitka Spruce near Seaside.
(SALEM, Ore.) - After two days of hurricane strength winds along the Oregon Coast, officials say it could be days before power and phone service is restored to the area.
Currently, the towns of Newport, Lincoln City, Astoria, and Seaside are without power, and have no phone or cell phone service.
Cape Meares saw gusts to 114 mph, Newport 83 mph, Astoria 85 mph, and Salem 46 mph. In Tillamook, the Wilson River is flowing down the lanes of Highway 101, which is CLOSED in several locations.
The right lane of Interstate 5 north near Chehalis, Wash., is CLOSED due to high water and there is talk of closing the entire freeway in the area Monday afternoon.
Mudslides across the tracks have stopped Amtrak passenger train service until Wednesday between Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Normally, Amtrak Cascades consists of four daily round-trips between Portland and Seattle, with service between Bellingham, Wash., and Portland, via Seattle, between Eugene and Seattle, via Portland, and between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.
The storm snapped the world's tallest Sitka
Melting snowfall in the Oregon Cascases could lead to the possibility of flooding in the Willamette Valley, the worst since the floods of 1996.
Due to severe weather, Employment Department offices in Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook counties are CLOSED.
The Red Cross has opened evacuation centers in the following locations: St. Helens -- Lewis and Clark Elementary, 111 S. 9th St.; Vernonia -- St. Mary's Church, 960 Missouri Ave.; Clatskanie -- Clatskanie High School, 471 SW Belair Dr.; Tillamook -- Tillamook County Fairgrounds, 4603 E. 3rd St. More centers may be opened as the day progresses. To visit Salem's Willamette Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, visit: redcross-salem.org
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