Wind gusts top 100 mph on Oregon Coast; wind warning lifted

Wind gusts top 100 mph on Oregon Coast; wind warning lifted »Play Video
Wind blows rain sideways at Rockaway Beach, Ore. on Wednesday morning.

ROCKAWAY BEACH, Ore. – Wind gusts that reached hurricane forces pounded the Oregon Coast on Wednesday morning.

A few gusts topped 100 miles per hour, including a 110 mph gust at the appropriately named Cape Foulweather in Lincoln County.

Lincoln City saw a gust reach 84 miles per hour. The sustained winds were strong enough to cause the large sign at the Inn at Spanish Head to sway back and forth.

Gusts in Newport reached 70 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for the Oregon coast. The warning was lifted just after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

KCST-FM radio in Florence reported 88 mph gusts and power outages in the area. KCST also said a tree fell onto a car and injured a woman.

Earlier Wednesday, a semi truck and a pickup collided on the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, closing Highway 101 for several hours. Tow crews had to deal with high winds as they removed the vehicles.

The World newspaper of Coos Bay reported power outages across the South Coast as well. It said 1,700 people in Coquille were without power.

Officials in Coos and Lincoln counties each said they've responded to reports of about 20 downed trees blocking roadways.

The storm began moving in Tuesday night, bringing some snow that changed to rain early Wednesday as temperatures warmed.

According to the NWS, other central coastal locations could get gusts up to 100 mph near the beaches and headlands.

With winds that high, residents are warned to tie down things that could blow away, and they should watch out for falling tree limbs and power lines.

A high surf advisory is also in place until 7 p.m. Wind waves will have short periods and seas could get as big as 30 feet in places. Forecasters also warned of powerful breakers in the surf zone.

The Associated Press contributed to this report