Wow! That accelerated quickly….
Our models were correct and we have a major spring windstorm moving into the valley this morning. Wind gusts are looking more like the strong models showed. Hold on…it’s going to be a wild ride the next few hours.
The initial burst of wind has hit Portland…PDX has hit 53 mph, and Salem has a gust to 60. 54 at McMinnville. I see a gust to 78 mph on the West Hills, a speed I haven’t seen at that location in at least 10 years. A weather station on Chehalem Mtn. near Newberg has recorded a gust to 73 mph.
Widespread power outages have occurred of course. I see PGE already reporting almost 50,000 out. This is going to be an April storm to remember.
Satellite imagery shows the surface low just west of Tillamook so peak wind gusts should be between now at noon.
8:34am…Okay, generator is on…power went out partway through blog post. Looks like up to 80,000 PGE customers now and a 56 mph gust at PDX. 61 at Hillsboro! Wow, quite a storm.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen