Heavy rain, wind on its way for Portland

Summer weather coming to an end with major storm

Rain drops fall into a Koi pond at the Japanese Garden, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Rain drops fall into a Koi pond at the Japanese Garden, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — In case the hot October weather confused you, a major storm is here to remind you that fall in the Portland Metro area is here.

A major storm system is coming, and it’s about to get wet.

KOIN 6 Chief Meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke said beginning tonight, heavy winds and rain will pummel the Oregon Coast.

Tomorrow, they’ll hit Portland Metro.

An inch of rain is expected over the next 24 hours, and up to three inches on the coast.

“Once we get through tomorrow morning, it’s going to pound here,” Van Dyke said.

Winds tomorrow will likely pick up to 30 miles per hour in the Portland area.

Winds on the coast are expected to gust between 60 and 70 miles per hour tonight and tomorrow, and could mean power outages.

Flooding will be a concern in urban areas, as well as areas affected by forest fires, including Highway 214 en route to Estacada.

Residents are reminded to clean their storm drains and remove leaves to avoid flooding.

The five things people should be aware of during this rain event are:

–Rising waters
–Street flooding
–Slick roads
–Wind gusts
–Landslides

Only four times this year has the Portland Metro area hit more than one inch in a day. Tomorrow could easily be the fifth.

The Astoria Police Department is warning beach-goers of heavy wind and rough surf, as the storm makes landfall. A high-wind warning is in effect for the entire Oregon Coast.

Follow Kristen Van Dyke via on Twitter for the latest updates.

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