Following a week of deadly flooding brought on by heavy rain, the Pacific Northwest was again seeing severe weather, though this time it was winds and snow.
Strong winds overnight knocked out power to some 65,000 homes and businesses in the Portland area, while the Oregon Coast saw gusts exceeding 80 mph at many spots.
Power had been restored to all but 18,000 customers of Portland General Electric as of 7:15 a.m. Monday, the utility said.
A road to the coast — Highway 18 — was blocked Monday morning by more than 100 trees that had been downed by high winds and rain-saturated soil, the state Department of Transportation said.
The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Sunday night said it had many reports of downed trees and downed power lines.
Weather stations along the Oregon Coast reported sustained winds Sunday night of 60 mph, with gusts of 102 mph at Cape Blanco; 85 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge; 88 mph at Lincoln City; 82 mph at Mount Hebo; and 73 mph at Florence. Wind gusts toppled trees into power lines, causing scattered power outages reported from Depoe Bay south.
The storm headed toward the Portland area Sunday night. Portland General Electric reported that about 65,000 customers were without power at 11:30 p.m., with most of the problems south and west of Portland.
The storm began to abate early Monday morning. Crews were working to restore power to the thousands still without it.
In the mountain areas, meanwhile, as of midday Sunday up to a foot had fallen in some parts of the Cascades, with another eight to 14 inches expected overnight, followed by six to 12 more inches today.
Lower elevations were seeing rain but it was not expected to raise rivers back to flood stage.