Peak Wind Gusts So Far…Storm Update

At 9am over 130,000 PGE customers are out of power and trees are down all over the place.

This is the type of storm where gusts will come and go.  It might even be calm for a half hour, then a shower goes through and you get a gust to 50 mph.  In general the wind dies down after the noon hour.

Here at the peak gusts so far in mph..some weather stations (Hillsboro & Chehalem Mtn so far) have stopped reporting due to power outages:

Portland:  56  (official gust at airport)

Hillsboro: 61

Vancouver: 44

Scappoose: 53

Troutdale: 48

Aurora: 53

McMinnville: 54

Salem: 60

Forest Grove: 53

Dallas:  68

Chehalem Mtn. 73

Now here’s the tricky one…there is a reliable weather station in the West Hills near Council Crest.  Typically in the past the observations have been just fine.  Yet it has recorded several gusts from 80-98 mph the past two hours.  It may be on a tower and if so those speeds are possible.  And Chehalem Mtn. gusted to 73 before the power went out so one would assume it went higher up there too.  Interesting eh???

After noon the wind should die down quite a bit.

The pic below is from Nadine in the Bull Mountain/Tigard area:

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

22 Responses to Peak Wind Gusts So Far…Storm Update

  1. High Desert Mat says:

    Typhoon one more time Lee

  2. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Power went out here about 7. Had to go for hot food/coffee and 2 outta three routes I have to town were blocked with a tree down over the road/power lines. Power just back on.

  3. Lee Wilson says:

    Sounds like a typhoon,and now we’re getting the rain…so now it feels like a typhoon.. Mark…is this a typhoon or not, because looking at some things it is a coma looking.

  4. W7ENK says:

    Got word from a neighbor that a tree came down and possibly hit my house. I left work at 9 and just got home a half hour ago.

    All, and I do mean ALL of Milwaukie is without power right now. Every single traffic light is out, MAX is barely limping along, and there was only one route I could go to get all the way to my house. I had to drive around fallen trees, barricades and over downed power lines to get home.

    Thankfully, the neighbor’s tree fell adjacent to my house, so there’s no damage to my property, but it took down all the utility lines on the street, causing the poles on either side of my property to break off and/or lean. Seeing all this damage, I figure we’ll we without power at least through the weekend.

    In my wind sheltered location here in Milwaukie, my station measured a peak gust of 45.1 mph at 7:19am, which coincides with the time the neighbor’s tree came down and took out the power. That probably translates to a gust over 60 mph through this neighborhood, estimated.

    Based on the level of damage to trees and infrastructure in this area, this is by far worse than the December 12, 1995 storm. From what I’ve seen, I don’t expect to have power restored until after the weekend.

    • Lee Wilson says:

      Sounds like your describing a typhoon hitting.
      Sure sounds like a typhoon.

      Glad to hear your place is OK.
      It is 11:47 am. Power went out at 0900.

  5. runrain says:

    PDX is utilizing the crosswinds runway with this south wind. The Delta flight from Tokyo to Portland attempted to land on one of the regular east-west runways but was not able to do so and was diverted to Seattle. Tough after an 11 hour transpacific flight.

  6. mt scott summit highest wind gust 51 8:40 a.m.

  7. Paul D says:

    Drove my daughter to school and felt like we were going through an obstacle course! Accidents, road closures, downed trees, branches all over the roads, traffic lights without power, and when we finally get to her school a teacher meets us in the parking lot and says they have no power, so we head home! It’s a MESS out there!

  8. Lee Wilson says:

    I heard there are 2 rounds to this? Please say that is not correct.

  9. Fred482 says:

    Scotts Mills, 57 mph gust @ 0918

  10. JERAT416 says:

    All this with no high wind watch for the valley?

  11. Phil in Beaverton says:

    Oh, man, that pic is my nightmare. Have a similar tree to the SW of my house.

    Seems to have gotten noticeably less windy here in the last 15 minutes. My phone barometer bottomed out at 979hPa around 7Am, now up to 985hPa.

  12. Tyler Mode in Battle Ground says:

    43 mph for my station so far in Battle Ground. This is my strongest April gust and the strongest gust at my station since March 1st last year.

  13. Lee Wilson says:

    Castle Rock, Washington and Kalama , Washington are also with out power.

    COWLITZ County .

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