Friday, October 22, 2010

Wet & Wild Weather Expected This Weekend

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for Oct 23-24th here in the greater Vancouver & Portland metropolitan areas.  Three consecutive and distinct storms will be bearing down on the Pacific Northwest this weekend which will bring heavy rain and winds of 30-35 miles per hour to the Willamette Valley.  The third storm, scheduled for Saturday night into Sunday, is of most concern as it has the possibility of bringing the following hazards:
  • With high winds, there will be higher potential for downed trees with less wind speeds because many of the trees still have leaves which puts additional stress on the branches.
  • There may be potential urban flooding with clogged drains due to leaves on the ground
  • With cold, snowy weather in the mountains, climbers, hikers and hunters should pay special attention towards their safety.  
  • And if you're headed to the Oregon/Washington coast for some good storm-watching or clam digging, be very mindful of the dangerous surf conditions.

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