Hurricane Force Winds, Floods, Threaten Northwest U.S.
A series of powerful storms continue to slam the Pacific northwest with flooding rain, hurricane force winds and high surf. The threat will continue through early next week as storms move onshore.
Weather conditions quickly deteriorated Thursday and Friday as the first strong storm passed through.
Gusts as high as 100 mph battered the Oregon and Washington coastlines Thursday– leading to widespread tree and structural damage.
The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes in Oregon on Friday– Oceanside and Manzanita.
An EF2 tornado packing winds of 130 mph tore through the coastal town of Manzanita on Friday, destroying three buildings and damaging over 100 others.
Additional tornadoes can’t be ruled out Saturday, however the main threats will be hurricane force winds and flooding rains.
Rainfall totals may reach 12 inches or more in some spots leading to flash flooding and possible mud slides into early next week. .
The second storm that will affect the Pacific northwest this weekend will contain hurricane force winds along the immediate coastline. This storm is the remnants of Super-Typhoon Songda. Residents living along the immediate shoreline of Washington and Oregon are urged to take precautions for high winds and to prepare for power outages. Winds may gust in excess of 90 mph along the coastline and along the higher elevations of the Cascades. Power outages, downed trees and property damage will be likely in areas most affected.
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) October 15, 2016
For WeatherNationTV: Meteorologist Nick Merianos