Thousands lose power as storm system hits Washington, Oregon
SEATTLE (AP) — A strong Pacific storm system that triggered mud flows in wildfire-scarred areas of California also slammed the coasts of Washington state and Oregon Sunday, threatening coastal flooding and causing power outages affecting thousands of customers in the Pacific Northwest.
Wind gusts topping 60 mph (96 kph) downed trees on Interstate 90 east of Seattle and cut power to more than 150,000 customers in the metro area and around Puget Sound, KOMO-TV reported. In Oregon, about 25,000 customers lost power in Portland and the northwest part of the state, according to The Oregonian.
More power outages are possible through Monday, Samantha Borth, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Seattle, told The Seattle Times.
Forecasters issued severe thunderstorm warnings with damaging winds and hail possible for the Oregon coast and Portland area as well as northwestern Washington.
The weather service urged mariners to stay in port due to heavy seas, with waves up to 25 feet (7.5 meters) accompanied by 50-mph (80-kph) wind gusts capable to eroding beaches and causing coastal flooding from northern Washington to central Oregon. Dangerous conditions were expected to continue overnight into Monday.
Conditions were expected to slowly subside on Monday.