PORTLAND, Ore. – It was wet and it was windy, but the worst is over.
A storm Sunday night knocked down trees and branches, left thousands without power and even interrupted the finale of “Breaking Bad” for some, but ultimately didn’t cause as much damage as had been feared.
At 12:50 p.m. Monday, PGE reported there were still about 5,400 customers affected by power outages. Crews restored power to more than 100,000 affected customers. Outages were scattered around the region, with larger concentrations in Gresham, Damascus, and Canby.
A mudslide closed a section of Highway 43 south of the Sellwood Bridge around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, but crews had the road cleaned up and open again around 2 a.m. The slide near George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego might merely be the first in the area; KATU meteorologist Rhonda Shelby said multiple slides are likely after heavy rain.
A 60-foot tree slammed into a house near N. Columbia and N. Bank, but the people inside were OK.
“It didn't really have, I mean if you look at the roots, it didn't really have that far to fall,” said homeowner Phil Clark. “So it didn't have enough momentum, with the size and weight of the tree to actually crush the house.”
The forecast for Monday called for scattered light showers. In some areas, particularly on the coast and around Aurora, thunderstorms are possible.
The Centennial School District said Pleasant Valley Elementary would be delayed two hours with no morning kindergarten thanks to a power outage.
Three storms over the weekend brought September rain totals to record levels. Portland had 4.72 inches this month as of Monday morning, while Astoria had 10.10, Hillsboro had 5.75 and Salem had 5.81.
Wind gusts on Sunday hit 41 mph in Portland, while Naselle Ridge had a 90 mph gust.
An urban flooding advisory was in effect in the Portland metro area until 9:30 p.m. Sunday, as storm drains clogged throughout the area.
For many, the power outages came at a decidedly inconvenient time, knocking out power during the highly anticipated series finale of AMC’s Breaking Bad. In parts of Astoria, the lights – and television - went off during the climactic final scene.
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