Sunday storms bring thunder, downpours, hail

Sunday afternoon saw clouds roll into the Portland metro area, dumping rain and hail in some areas.

KOIN 6 viewer submitted photo of a waterspout off the coast of Lincoln City, May 18, 2014.
KOIN 6 viewer submitted photo of a waterspout off the coast of Lincoln City, May 18, 2014.

Meteorologist Sally Showman reported passing torrential downpours, small hail, lightning and thunder affecting the area throughout the afternoon.

In the midst of the wild weather on Sunday, a KOIN 6 viewer submitted a photo of a waterspout off the coast of Lincoln City, and the National Weather Service (NWS) said someone also spotted a funnel cloud, which never touched down, between St. Helens and Ridgefield in Washington state.

Flooding Concerns

The large amounts of rain also caused some flooding concerns around the area.

As of 4:30 p.m., Rich Chatman with Portland Fire & Rescue said SE 61st Avenue between SE Stark and SE Belmont streets was blocked because fire crews were worried about soft asphalt on the road due to the heavy rain and a construction project in the area.

Meanwhile at NE Glisan Street and NE 47th Avenue, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) reported flooding in the street from an overflowing manhole cover. PBOT said there was some concern that sewage may be pouring into the street from the manhole cover.

Due to the overflowing, NE 47th Avenue was closed between NE Glisan Street and NE Royal Court but has since reopened.

Looking Ahead

For the remainder of Sunday evening, showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue to move across much of SW Washington and NW Oregon.

Looking east from Southwest Portland, a rainbow appears following rain and hail, May 18, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Looking east from Southwest Portland, a rainbow appears following rain and hail, May 18, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Those systems are capable of producing brief heavy showers, hail, gusty winds up to 30 mph and a lightning, according to the NWS.

Although the weather is expected to calm down slightly Sunday evening, showers are expected to continue on Monday, especially in the afternoon, Showman said. Another chance of thunder, hail and downpours will come late in the day with highs in the mid-60s.

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