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Oct-18-2007 07:38printcomments

Strong Winds, Heavy Rain to Hit Oregon Coast, Valley Today

As of 10:30 AM: 1,360 Cowlitz County PUD customers have lost electricity and remain out of power. The areas affected are the Highlands area of Longview and South Kelso.

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(SALEM, Ore. ) - The National Weather Service says a High Wind Warning is now in effect until 5:00 PM Thursday for the north and central Oregon Coast. A Wind Advisory is in effect from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM this afternoon for Salem, the mid-Willamette Valley, and the Portland-metro area.

A strong pacific low pressure system will bring strong winds to the north and central Oregon Coast today. South winds will increase to 35 to 45 MPH -- with peak wind gusts of up to 65 MPH are possible in coastal communities -- and 80 MPH along the headlands and beaches. The winds will decrease late in the afternoon as the low pressure system moves away. Also expected some periods of heavy rain showers today.

2:00 PM Oregon Wind Speeds:

Salem-News.com will be updating these numbers throughout the day

Newport: South winds at 29 MPH with gusts to 35 MPH

Florence: South/Southwest winds at 35 MPH

Eugene: South winds at 15 MPH with gusts to 30 MPH

Cape Arago: South winds at 38 MPH with gusts to 47 MPH

Salem: South winds at 17 MPH

Portland: East winds at 14 MPH with gusts to 22 MPH

Corvallis: South winds at 22 MPH with gusts to 31

As of 10:30 AM: 1,360 Cowlitz County PUD customers have lost electricity and remain out of power. The areas affected are the Highlands area of Longview and South Kelso.

A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or is occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 MPH or gusts of 58 MPH or more can lead to property damage.

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 MPH or gusts will range between 45 and 57 MPH. These winds may cause minor property damade without extra precautions. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use caution until the winds subside.

Power Outage Phone Numbers:

PGE: (800) 544-1795

Salem Electric: (503) 362-3601

Pacific Power: (877) 548-3768

Consumers Power: (800) 827-9036

Monmouth: (503) 838-3526

McMinnville: (503) 472-6158

Canby: (503) 266-4021

Avista: (800) 227-9187

Report street flooding to Salem Public Works Dispatch at 503-588-6333.

Weather forecast for Salem and the mid-Willamette Valley:

TODAY: RAIN IN THE MORNING -- THEN SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. WINDY. HIGHS AROUND 60. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH BECOMING SOUTH 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH BY THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT: SHOWERS IN THE EVENING -- THEN RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. BREEZY. LOWS AROUND 50. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH 10 TO 15 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY: RAIN IN THE MORNING -- THEN SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS 55 TO 60. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH.

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