Crews work to restore power to thousands after powerful storm

Crews work to restore power to thousands after powerful storm
Crews cleaned up an elm tree that fell in an intersection in Southeast Portland Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Bob Heye)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A powerful storm pummelled the Portland metro area and the Oregon Coast Sunday, causing power outages and clogging storm drains throughout the city.

Cities across the region, including Portland, Salem, Vancouver and Astoria, set all-time rainfall records Saturday and Sunday's storm brought even more records.

The storm intensified as the evening continued with stronger winds and heavier rain.

An urban flooding advisory was in effect for the Portland metro area until 9:30 p.m., the National Weather Service said. The city of Portland is asking residents and business owners to clear neighborhood drains to curb possible urban flooding.

Winds gusted upward 40 mph in parts of the metro area. On the coast, winds also increased throughout the evening. A high wind warning was in place through 11 p.m. Sunday. Wind gusts reached 80 mph in parts of the Oregon Coast, including Mount Hebo, which is near Pacific City.

Saturday's storm knocked out power to thousands in Portland and throughout the Willamette Valley.

Trees and power lines were reported down across the region. Portland General Electric reported thousands of homes without power in Marion, Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. Crews planned to work through the night to restore power to 18,000 customers in Multnomah County.

Sunday's storm includes energy and moisture from the former Typhoon Pabuk that was in the West Pacific last week. It’s likely to cause an extra inch or two of rain by Monday morning.

The major rivers in the area aren’t likely to flood, but those in the Cascades and the Coast Range are vulnerable to flash-flooding.

"Yesterday’s record rainfall is adding up in our local drainage systems," Loos said. "Be on the lookout for standing water on streets and highways. Additionally, some creeks and small waterways are filling up, so some minor flooding is possible."

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