Quite a burst of strong wind moved through the metro area the past hour, heralding the storm’s arrival.
Peak gust of 45 mph at Hillsboro, 46 at McMinnville, & 44 at Salem. The Yaquina Bay Bridge had a gust to 71 mph and on Meares Hill (west of Tillamook), a gust to 87 mph.
Wind should increase the next hour or two, remain gusty through sunset, then die down quickly after that.
The low pressure center is moving north quickly, a nice circulation shown on radar west of the Columbia River mouth.
As of 1:25pm there are around 7,000 PGE customers out of power and that number should climb into the tens of thousands this afternoon. At least it’s mild outside and no one is going to get very cold!
Still thinking anywhere in the metro area we will see gusts between 45-60 mph. That goes for the Willamette Valley and Kelso/Longview areas too.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen