3pm Update: 53 mph in Portland

Our windstorm is likely peaking just about now.  Within the past hour we’ve seen a gust to 53 mph at PDX, 49 in the West Hills, 52 in Salem, & 51 in Hillsboro.


This should be the peak of the storm based on the low movement and pressure gradients, but gusts between 45-55 mph will continue for another hour or so and then die down.

Looks like 44,000 PGE customers currently out, which is better than the last October storm which had lower windspeeds in 2014.

The coastal speeds have been well below what we forecast in most locations and quite similar to Thursday’s storm.  Newport only gusted to 55 and Astoria 51 (so far).  Garibaldi reached 77.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

22 Responses to 3pm Update: 53 mph in Portland

  1. Joann Weimer says:

    Getting mixed messages from Manzanita. Some say, come we need your business. Others say, please stay away while we clean up.

  2. Wendy-Silverlake, WA says:

    Fantastic squall line just came through.

  3. Jane - Forest Grove says:

    This works for me…..Too much rain the last few days for high winds.

  4. flurball says:

    Think that 53′ was Alaska flight 403 buzzing the tower 😦

  5. wind gust 48 mph 2:50 p.m. atop mt scott

  6. Shawn says:

    So sad, 😦 I was really looking forward to a massive wind storm.

  7. pappoose in scappoose says:

    National Weather Service Portland OR
    334 PM PDT Sat Oct 15 2016

    …Maximum Wind Reports Over the Last 6 Hours..


  8. Scooter says:

    Just glad we “dodged the bullet” for this series of storms knowing there is much more winter like weather to come.

  9. We’re seeing NE winds here presently- that’s not usually a strong wind. But if it shifts to SE or S, then the speed could really pick up. The rain has stopped for the past hour and I’ve seen a glimpse of the sun!

  10. Karen Grimmett says:

    Thank you Mark for al the great updates. You truly enjoy your job
    and we are the lucky recipients of
    your great reporting.

  11. W7ENK says:

    Only gusting in the low to mid 20s here in The Dome. Our power hasn’t even so much as flickered yet…


    • Paul D says:

      My power flickered yesterday when it wasn’t raining and there wasn’t any wind. Go figure.

  12. GTS1K' says:

    Reddy Kilowatt has deserted us as of ~3:10.
    Now running on dead dino’s…

  13. Terry says:

    Looks like this tree service guy can relax a little

  14. Paul D says:

    It’s a mess of branches in my backyard, but that’s the worst of it.

  15. Anonymous says:

    still blowing

  16. jc says:

    Out oh power on NE Sandy, In Fairview. Pretty good gust. Watched part of a tree come down.

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