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Rainfall records continue to fall

The heavy weekend storms have broken rainfall records — and more is on the way.

The rains are the remnants of typhoon Pabuk, which soaked Japan and Hong Kong. Another storm produced by Pabuk is expected in the region Sunday afternoon and evening.

"This is a very significant and in some cases historical rainfall event for the month of September," says Steve Pierce, president of the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.

According to Pierce, the Portland International Airport surpassed its wettest September on record with more than 4.38 inches as of noon Sunday. The previous September record was 4.30 inches set back in 1986. Record go back to 1940.

Even more amazing, Pierce, says, Astoria is closing in on nearly 10 inches of rainfall for the month, which shatters the old record. More than 5 inches of Astoria's total for the entire month of September has fallen since just Friday. Records at Astoria date back to 1890, or more than 123 years.

In addition, daily rainfall records were also set on Saturday in Hillsboro, McMinnville, Troutdale, Redmond, Salem and Vancouver, Wash. Winds have also gusted to near hurricane force along the Oregon coast this weekend and power has been out at many locations. Clogged storm drains have caused localized flooding.

And Pierce says there's more to come.

"A third and very potent September storm will cross the area today and tonight, bringing with it more heavy rain, strong coastal winds and more localized flooding. Trees are susceptible to coming down with the combination of wind, saturated soils and still having their leaves attached which adds more drag to the tree itself," says Pierce.