Thousands lost power as heavy rain hit Portland area

KGW sunrise forecast 10-22-17

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Record rain from Saturday transitioned to showers Sunday, prompting outages to thousands  as crews worked to clear downed trees and power lines.

More than 2,000 Portland General Electric customers were without power Sunday but the number was down to a handful Monday morning.

"Restoration in some areas will likely extend into the night," PGE wrote on its website. "PGE crews and employees are working to clear debris and restore power as quickly and safely as possible."

See full PGE outage list

The weekend's wet weather will give way to dry conditions and warmer temperatures this week. Monday will see morning fog clear out by afternoon with highs in the mid-60s.

"Tuesday will be a repeat," said KGW's Brian Brennan, "but we get near 70 [degrees] for a high temperature."

Rain showers return Wednesday, but Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be dry and sunny, Brennan said.

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Portland received 2.13 inches of rain Saturday, the wettest Oct. 21 and fourth-wettest October day on record at PDX, according to the National Weather Service.

AREA RAIN TOTALS

Between Friday and Sunday afternoon:

  • Portland: 2.71"
  • Salem: 2.61"
  • McMinnville: 2.71"
  • Hood River: 1.92"
  • Longview: 2.98"
  • Astoria: 3.90"
  • Tillamook: 4.67"
  • Newport:: 2.89"
  • Government Camp: 5.21"
  • Detroit: 5.30"
  • Mt. St. Helens: 8.86" 

Low-lying flood-prone areas saw some flooding Sunday as several rivers reached or exceeded flood stage. Tillamook County was hit especially hard, though the NWS expired the flood warning for the Wilson River at 1:45 p.m.

The NWS issued a Flood Warning Sunday morning for the Clackamas River at Estacada that ended Sunday night. A Flash Flood Warning ended at 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning in the Eagle Creek Fire burn area, including Cascade Locks.

 

Oxbow Road, about a quarter-mile above Oxbow Park, reopened after it was closed Sunday morning because of a landslide, downed trees and power lines. 

Mountain Wave Search & Rescue on Saturday afternoon said four small slides were reported on Interstate 84, between milepost 25 and 35, but did not affect traffic.

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High Wind Warning for the North Coast ended early Sunday morning.

KGW chief meteorologist Matt Zaffino spotted a downed tree and power lines on Southwest Vista Avenue in Portland Saturday morning.

Watch: Tree down on SW Vista

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