Saturday, October 25, 2014

Residents in Washington and Oregon are bracing for more wet weather after a fierce pre-Thanksgiving storm.  Near Seaside, Ore., a large tree fell on a fire truck, severely damaging it, but no one was hurt. Near Naselle, Wash., a mudslide hit a patrol car and another vehicle, which caught fire, but both the officer and the driver of the other car were able to escape. The driver had a minor injury.

The rain and wind swamped streets, toppled trees and large trucks, cut power to nearly 50,000 residents, and caused at least one death. Wind gusts hit 101 mph atop the Astoria-Megler bridge across the Columbia River yesterday. A commercial truck crossing that bridge tipped over, causing a major traffic headache. The strong winds prevented crews from removing the truck for hours. Other strong gusts on the coast included 98 mph at Yaquina Head, 85 mph at Lincoln City and 80 mph at Newport.

Some passenger and commuter trains were halted by mudslides, but all major highways are open. Forecasters say the heavy rain is over.

On Oregon's northwest coast, a hunter was killed Monday morning when a tree crashed on his tent near Nehalem. Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long identified the hunter as 52-year-old Nathan Christensen of Seattle.

Flood warnings were issued for a handful of western Washington rivers, with moderate flooding expected Tuesday along the Chehalis River in the Centralia area.

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