A big storm on the last weekend of the month helped make for the wettest September on record in many parts of Oregon with the coast getting an unusual and record breaking September soaking.
The National Weather Service reports the 6.21 inches recorded through Sunday in downtown Portland was the most since record-keeping began in 1872. The previous record was 5.52 inches in September 1927. At Portland International Airport, where records have been kept since 1940, the total was 5.06 inches, beating the old record of 4.30 inches set in September 1986.
September records also were set in Eugene, 6.16 inches; Salem, 6.63 inches;, Astoria, 10.51 inches;, Hillsboro, 6.10 inches; and McMinnville, 7.58 inches.
The totals were growing as rain continued Monday, but forecasters say the front is blowing east. A windy day is forecast in eastern Oregon.
The Cost Guard closed several bar entrances due to high surf and rough seas. Two cruise ships scheduled to dock in Astoria Monday cancelled because of rough ocean conditions and authorities are warning people to stay off the beaches today as a high surf advisory is in effect.
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