PORTLAND A major storm slammed into the Portland area Monday morning and KGW meteorologist Nick Allard says to expect heavy rain all day with winds 25 to 35 mph and umbrella-busting gusts to 40 mph.
Up to three inches of rain could fall through Tuesday morning.
On the Oregon coast, high water closed U.S. 101 in Seaside to car traffic. Trucks with high clearance were allowed to go through slowly. Traffic was halted north of Gearhart while power lines on trees were repaired.
The Coast Guard has closed bars along the coast. Trees were down over the Coast Range highway, where up to seven inches of rain could fall by Tuesday morning.
The Neah-Ka-Nie School District closed for Monday after a power failure. More: School closures
Small outages were reported to PGE from Portland south in the Willamette Valley.
Many area streams and rivers will be near flood stage by Monday night.
High winds gusting to 60 mph will also be possible across much of central and eastern Oregon.
If you are hoping for the rain to let up early next week, you might be out of luck. KGW Meteorologist Jim Donovan says that any drying we get will be short-lived because we re looking at a storm about every other day through the week.
Cascade snow levels Monday were at 7,000 feet, placing some doubt in whether ski areas could open by Thanksgiving.
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