PORTLAND -- A weekend storm system that moved into the metro area Saturday knocked out power to thousands of PGE customers, and toppled trees onto cars and homes.
High winds were expected to continue in the Willamette Valley with 50 mph gusts blowing until Sunday morning, said KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill
After a brief lull, a second wave of winds and rain arrived late Saturday morning and continued through the day after an overnight system wreaked havoc around Portland.
Wind knocked a tree onto a mini van early Saturday on Southeast Harold Street. No one was hurt but lanes were closed as crews worked to clean up the debris.
Wind also knocked a large fir tree into a home at Southeast 47th Street Saturday morning. Three people were in the home when the tree crashed onto the roof, puncturing a hole in the home. No one was injured.
The wind was getting louder and louder and louder, and then all of the sudden, it just sounded like a train had hit the house of something. The whole house shook all at once, said Ryan Barrett. I knew something was wrong, and that's when I walked over and opened the front door and all I could see was a wall of branches.
A large elm tree also fell and crunched two SUVs Saturday morning on Southeast Martins Street (pictured).
The Portland Bureau of Transportation was busy Saturday after heavy rain and wind caused some downed limbs and other hazards in the roadway.
The National Weather Service said winds were clocked as high as 70 mph on the coast. Huge 30-foot swells crashed along the coast as logs and debris washed up along the Columbia River Jetty in in Astoria.
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A Winter Storm Warning in the Cascades brought the snow level down to 2,500 feet Saturday with two feet of fresh snow falling on the mountains.
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KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill said the storm will likely bring more rain to Portland than any other weather system since late September.
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Showers will continue Sunday with light rain Monday and dry weather should return the rest of next week.