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Pacific Northwest Region Braces For Second - And Stronger - Storm

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More storm activity is going to hit the Pacific Northwest this weekend.  And as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s expected to be stronger than Thursday’s gusts and rain.

The first wave downed tree limbs, caused a landslide near Yachats, and brought a tornado into Manzanita.

Power outages were reported across Washington and Oregon, with Portland seeing the rainiest October 13th in its history.

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Debris litters downtown Manzanita after being hit with a tornado.

David Bright with the National Weather Service says an even larger storm will roll into the Willamette Valley Saturday afternoon, paired with winds up to 50, even 60 miles per hour.

“What we’re looking at is about a half inch to inch of rain, it’ll be intense when it does come down in the southern part of the (Willamette) Valley," says Bright. "Probably most concerning with the gusts is the trees are still almost fully foliated, so they’re going to be like a big kite.  They’re going to catch the winds, so…falling tree limbs possible. 

"Also the grounds are wet, so some weakened trees may not be as strong against the stronger wind gusts.” 

Both the South Willamette Valley and Central Douglas County have wind advisories from 8am to 8pm Saturday.

The Oregon Coast has a high wind warning for the same time frame, with gusts potentially reaching 90 miles per hour.  

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