Rain washes away records in Portland, Vancouver, Salem

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Rain washes away records in Portland, Vancouver, Salem

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on March 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 7 at 3:11 AM

PORTLAND – Heavy rainfall caused power outages, knocked down trees and broke the standing records in Portland, Vancouver and Salem Wednesday, according to KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard.

In Vancouver, the 102-year-old record of .72 inches was shattered when 1.16 inches drenched the area Wednesday.

The previous record at Portland International Airport was .92 inches in 1989. On Wednesday, PDX saw 1.18 inches. Salem saw 1.46 inches, beating the old record of 1.31 inches, which was also set in 1989.

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Wet, loose soil led to trees falling around the Portland metro area, including an 80-foot tall, 100-year-old elm tree that crashed into the Downtown Portland Firestone Tire Center.

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Portland General Electric crews were dealing with downed power lines while thousands of residents went without electricity overnight. Nearly 4,000 customers were still waiting for power to be restored Thursday morning.

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Heavy rain was expected to continue for several hours Thursday. But there was relief in sight, Allard said. Friday should be partly cloudy, with a high temperature in the upper 50s.

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