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