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Powerful Storm Clobbers The Northwest, Then Heads North

Anna Reed/Statesman Journal
One of many trees that knocked down power lines in Salem. High winds and heavy rains let to downed trees and power poles across the region.

The powerful Pacific storm that raked the Northwest coast with high winds and heavy rain since Friday began easing Saturday evening,  after dropping trees and power lines across the region. 

Tens of thousands were left without power as a storm fueled by the remnants of a tropical typhoon swept the coast. High winds and heavy rains made traveling hazardous as roads were closed and transit service hampered by falling trees and power poles. Meteorologist Matthew Cullen with the National Weather Service in Portland  says that by early evening, the storm was moving north along the coast.

“As a result, our winds across most of western Oregon have peaked for the day and they’re continuing to gradually ease back down," he said.

The storm had been expected to bring winds as high as 90 miles per hour. But wind velocities topped out in the 50 to 70 mile-per-hour range.

Liam Moriarty has been covering news in the Pacific Northwest for three decades. He served two stints as JPR News Director and retired full-time from JPR at the end of 2021. Liam now edits and curates the news on JPR's website and digital platforms.