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Pacific Northwest Region Braces For Second - And Stronger - Storm

Flickr.com's Matt Hecht.

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.

Credit Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).
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.  

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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