1:30pm Update: Strong Wind Arriving

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.

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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

16 Responses to 1:30pm Update: Strong Wind Arriving

  1. vernonia1 says:

    all over here I guess….

  2. 2alking says:

    Power out Gladstone area latus harley davidson

  3. bonine4336 says:

    Gusty. Not real violent. But windy.

  4. Sapo says:

    Had a small tree fall down in my backyard, hasn’t been super windy but some big gusts. Power gone out yet, that’s good.

  5. Some gusty winds here in McMinnville but nothing terribly exciting. Maybe the worst has past us here already?

  6. Mark Nelsen says:

    East wind is keeping the south wind at bay…for now. In an hour or two the east wind will die and allow south wind to surge into the east side of the metro area too.

  7. Linda Osmon says:

    In Gresham lots of clouds but not a lick of wind. What’s up with that.?

  8. Hal in Aims says:

    just beginning to get a little gusty here……….generator fueled and warmed up.check………chain saw ready….check……flashlights, firewood..check……bathtub filled (to flush if not using generator)….check….guess we’re ready….

  9. Sandi (Wilsonville) says:

    Wilsonville Old Town power is out.

  10. momof2kiddos says:

    increase still?! wow.

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