Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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As the winter season draws nearer, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is sounding a warning to beachgoers and urging them to exercise caution. High tides, storms, and wind at this time of year can increase the potential for accident or injury on the coast.

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Oregon Emergency Management received the Citizen Corps Honorable Mention Award for Individual and Community Preparedness for a project that placed emergency backpacks in Oregon coastal counties.  The backpacks contain emergency blankets, flashlights, and basic first aid supplies to be used in a disaster.

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Clatsop County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in October, essentially the same as the previous month (7.7%), but lower than the year before (8.3%).  It was lower than the statewide rate (8.6%) and about the same as the national rate (7.9%). 

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Pacific Power crews have restored power to thousands of customers after a strong storm caused outages from Crescent City to Yakima, hitting the Oregon coast especially hard. However, soggy ground and high winds are continuing to create new outages and a second powerful storm is expected to come ashore overnight.

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A commercial truck driver received minor injuries Monday morning when high winds blew his truck and semi-trailer over onto their side on the Highway 101 Astoria-Megler Bridge. The bridge remains closed until a tow truck can remove both vehicles later this afternoon.

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A minor earthquake with a 3.1 magnitude was recorded at 6:15 a.m. Monday in the Portland area.  The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reports the quake was centered about 11 miles northwest of Portland at a depth of 12 miles.  Emergency dispatchers say they received several calls from people who felt it, but no reports of damage.  USGS Event Summary.

Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washinton braced for stormy weather Sunday evening along the coast. The strongest storm of the season thus far making landfall Sunday evening.

The National Weather Service issuing a flood watch in effect through Tuesday morning, a high wind warning in effect through 4pm today and a high surf advisory in efffect till midnight tonight.

Flooding affecting HWY 101 south of Seaside closing traffic in both directions Monday morning.  No cars are being allowed through the area but they are allowing trucks restricted to 5 miles per hour.  Additionally North of Gearhart a tree was reportedly blocking traffic in both directions that has now been cleared.

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To help make Washington roads safe this holiday season, extra officers will be canvassing roadways in Pacific County as part of the annual "Drive Sober Get Pulled Over" holiday DUI patrols.  Patrols start November 21 and run through January 1, 2013.

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