Atmospheric river, high winds to drench Oregon

Beginning of a very rainy and wet period throughout Oregon

A couple walks along the pier in Astoria during high winds and rain, October 18, 2017 (KOIN)
A couple walks along the pier in Astoria during high winds and rain, October 18, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A high wind warning is in effect until 11 p.m. along the Oregon coast Wednesday, with the strongest winds expected between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wind gusts up to 65 mph could happen along the beaches and headlands, with 55 mph winds in the towns along the coast, the National Weather Service said.

A ship off the coast of Astoria, October 18, 2017 (KOIN)
A ship off the coast of Astoria, October 18, 2017 (KOIN)

But that might not be enough to stop one Utah couple visiting Astoria who say they are excited to experience their first fall storm on the coast.

“We might try to venture out into the wind, if it’s not too bad,” Berkley said. “We’ll see.”

“I actually have an extra pair of shoes in there for this,” Gabe said.

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This is the beginning of a very rainy and wet period throughout Oregon. Over the next 4 days, an atmospheric river could bring heavy rain throughout the region.

Some local grocery stores told KOIN 6 News they’re expecting an increase in business with possible power outages approaching. Tim MIchaelson is one of those residents who’s stocking up.

“I’ve got Rockstar, Pepsi and some lunch,” Michaelson said.

And in regard to the wind, Michaelson said, “Oh, geez., It’s terrible, when it blows, it blows.”

A Jeep in Astoria is covered by a tarp during high winds and rain, October 18, 2017 (KOIN)
A Jeep in Astoria is covered by a tarp during high winds and rain, October 18, 2017 (KOIN)

This is all connected with a mid-latitude cyclone in the mature stage situated in the Gulf of Alaska. The temperature contrast will increase the pressure and allow for the strong winds, KOIN 6 Meteorologist Joseph Dames said.

The last time the coast saw a wind this strong was April 7 when a 56 mph gust was recorded at the Astoria airport. It is safe to call this the first wind event of this weather season.

There could be as much as 1.5 inches of rain — with locally higher amounts — through Sunday, and flooding is a concern, especially the parts of the Columbia River Gorge affected by the Eagle Creek Fire.

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