Storm with high winds slams Oregon Coast

Credit: Collette Wieland/KGW Staff

High wind took down this tree in Depoe Bay early Tuesday.

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Posted on December 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 5 at 8:23 AM

PORTLAND -- Another storm is clobbering the southern and central Oregon coast, with high winds knocking down trees and highway crews clearing them off the roads.

Several trees fell across Oregon 18 betwen Otis and Valley Junction, and one blocked U.S. 101 north of Florence for a time Tuesday morning. The Oregon Department of Transportation says Highway 18 was cleared, and traffic resumed, in one lane initially, on Highway 101.

In Depoe Bay, a huge Sitka Spruce fell on Clay Richman's home, punching a hole in the roof around 1 a.m.

"The Depoe Bay Fire Department came very, very soon after that… they came in and rigged up an impoundment tarp so that the water coming in would not damage anything else,” Richman said.

The National Weather Service reported that wind speeds of 40 mph to 60 mph were common in southern Oregon from the coast as far inland as Lake County on the east side of the Cascade Range.

Along with the wind will come rain extending into Wednesday, and more flood threats in southwestern and south central Oregon.

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