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PORTLAND Heavy rains and gusts up to 45 mph will hit the Portland area starting about noon and continuing into the late afternoon, according to KGWmeteorologist Rod Hill.

The storm could drop more than a half-inch of rain in those hours, Hill said. Some areas could see high water spots and small-stream flooding.

The Oregon coast will have gusts up to 70 mph from late this morning to early afternoon, he said.

The National Weather Service said the high coastal winds could knock out power and take down trees.

The metro area dried out slightly Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service ended a regional Flood Watch at 4 p.m. but a Flood Warning remained in effect for the Pudding River in Aurora Tuesday.

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Monday morning and Sunday evening, the region was drenched with 2 to 4 inches of rain over a 6 to 12 hour period.

Rainfall overwhelmed storm drains Monday, causing minor urban and small-stream floods.

Photos: Storm damage & flooding

Twelve Southeast Portland homes had low water pressure Monday after a 1918 cast iron water main burst.

Southeast 28th Avenue between Carlton Street and Moreland Lane normally floods in heavy rain, according to residents, but on Monday the street got a double dose of flooding as water came bubbling up through the pavement.

Usually a little bit on the sidewalk, said resident Susan Ledgerwood, of how water typically overflows at the intersection due to clogged drains. But I've never seen it bubble up before.

Water officials think the temperature change in the snow melt coming down from Bull Run cracked the pipe.

The flood closed the road to traffic by 6 a.m. and crews expected it to remain closed the entire day.

Parks Bureau workers, however, managed to unclog leaves from the drain.

Year-round, this is probably the third or fourth time of cleaning this out, said Brad Peters of the City of Portland. It's an annual thing. We try and keep the leaves out of this area. It's one of those 'got to do it' jobs.

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There were dozens of other problems in the area.

A concrete median on Milwaukie's Southeast Lake Road at Harmony Road forced drivers to plow through high water caused by another clogged drain.

In other parts of the metro area some rivers overflowed.

The Pudding River in Aurora crested Monday.

(Right: photo of Pudding River by Pat Dooris)

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