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Wind, rain batter region; another storm on the way

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: MARK MILLER - Water blasts from an impromptu waterfall along Highway 30 in Columbia County early Monday morning. The region was battered by high winds and heavy rain overnight Sunday and early Monday, knocking out power to hundreds of homes and businesses.Portland General Electric crews restored power to hundreds of homes and businesses in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties Monday after high winds overnight toppled trees and damaged power lines.

PGE crews were moving through the area restoring power to homes and businesses. At one point during the blustery night, 11,900 customers across the lost electricity.

Portland International Airport lost power for several hours early Monday morning, Feb. 17, and used backup generators to power equipment until the electricity was restored at about 5:30 a.m. No flights were delayed because of the outage.

“Heavy rain fell and gusty winds moved through the Portland metro area overnight, dumping between three-quarters and one inch of rain since midnight,” said KOIN News 6 Meteorologist Riley O’Connor. “Winds peaked at 55 miles per hour at PDX shortly after 1 a.m.”

Another storm is on its way. KOIN News 6 Chief Meteorologist Bruce Sussman said that rain and wind would hit the region again Tuesday morning. High winds and heavy rain is expected to hit between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 18. Gusts are expected to hit 40 to 55 mph, similar to the six-hour wind blast that roared through the region early Monday morning.

Sussman said steady rain would move into the region by mid-afternoon, with between eight and 18 inches of snow expected to fall in the mountains.

Shortly after midnight Sunday, about 440,000 gallons of raw sewage flowed into the Willamette River from a manhole on Southeast Courtney Avenue in the Oak Lodge Sanitary District because of a power outage.

The overflow was reported to Oregon Emergency Response System at 10:20 a.m. Monday.

Multnomah County crews were trying to unblock an overflowing culvert Monday afternoon that forced the closure of Northwest Thompson Road near Cornell Road in the West Hills. The culvert carries water from Balch Creek under Thompson Road. The road could be closed for several hours.

In Wilsonville, two residents escaped injury after a tree fell onto their Wilsonville home. In Northeast Portland, a tree fell and damaged a parked Toyota Prius on Klickitat Street. Meanwhile, a tree also fell into the parking lot of the Ramada Portland East hotel on Southeast Stark Street.

The junction of Highway 26 and Highway 101 south of Seaside was closed to passenger cars due to 10 to 12 inches of water in the roadway. Only trucks were allowed through. The junction was reopened by 7:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch that runs through 4 p.m. Monday for most of the Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington region, including Portland, Vancouver, the central Willamette Valley and the Oregon and South Washington coasts.

The most likely rivers to flood are the Willapa and Grays rivers in Southwest Washington and the Nehalem River in Tillamook and Clatsop counties. Minor flooding is possible in the Tualatin River. Portland and Vancouver could see urban and small streams flood throughout the morning. Landslides are also possible, according to the weather service.

“We can still expect breezy conditions today with rain tapering to showers by afternoon,” O’Connor said. “Another strong storm system moves in Tuesday bringing the threat of more heavy rainfall.”

KOIN News 6 contributed to this news story.