Record-setting strong rain and wind hit coast, metro area

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by KGW.com staff

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Posted on September 30, 2013 at 3:54 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 10:22 AM

PORTLAND – A strong storm front bringing high winds and heavy rain moved into the Portland area Sunday causing power outages and minor flooding.

Sunday's weather was a second big front to hit over the weekend and was similar to Saturday's downpour that brought record rainfall to the Willamette Valley and coast.

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Thousands were still without power around the state as high winds and rain brought down trees and power lines. At one point, close to 25,000 people were without power in the Portland metro area as crews from PGE struggled to restore power.

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A mudslide closed down Highway 43 in Lake Oswego late Sunday evening in both directions. Police hadn't received any reports of injuries, but the Lake Oswego Fire Dept. was checking to make sure no homes were compromised by the slide.

Wind blew a tree into an electrical transformer near Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and Southeast 20th Avenue, knocking out power to traffic signals and business Saturday evening.

Anyone experiencing power outages can check Portland General Electric's outage map or call 503-464-7777 in Portland. For other areas call 877-508-5088.

More: PGE's complete outage list

In Eugene, the Oregon Ducks football game was under way as the brunt of the storm moved into the Willamette Valley. The Ducks handled the soggy conditions well, but players and fans were soaked as sheets of rain fell during the 55-16 routing of Cal.

More: Heavy rain, winds knock out power to thousands in metro area

KGW viewers sent in pictures from around the area as trees fell, crushing cars, downing power lines and damaging homes. Anyone with pictures can send them to newsdesk@kgw.com, tweet them to @kgwnews or upload them to KGW’s Your Pics section.

Your pics: Heavy rain, wind hits Portland

Wind at the coast was expected to gust above 85 mph and 50 mph in the Portland metro area Sunday. The combination of Saturday and Sunday’s rain helped make for the wettest September ever with 4.72 inches as of Sunday evening, according to KGW Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino.

In his KGW weather blog, Meteorologist Rod Hill said the previous all-time September PDX rainfall record was 4.3 inches, which was set back in 1986.

A stranded sailor off the coast of Tillamook called for help Saturday and the U.S. Coast quickly showed up to hoist the man to safety.

In Portland, a giant puddle swelled near Southeast 92nd Avenue just south of Powell Boulevard. Cars became stuck in the deep puddle as rain continued overnight in Portland.

On Monday, things are expected to calm down. Allard said there should be showers and trees with a lot of leaves could still fall and cause problems around the city.

The Oregon Dept. of Transportation warned of hazardous driving conditions for the weekend and the beginning of next week.

More: Tips for safe driving in wet, slick road conditions

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