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Heavy rain, wind gusts expected to hit Portland and surrounding areas this weekend

Rain in Portland photo from Clifford Paguio 

PORTLAND, Ore. – There’s no way to sugarcoat it. This weekend is going to be wet.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service expect 2 to 4 inches of rain will fall in the inland valleys. The Cascades can expect to see 5 to 10 inches of rain and the coast will likely receive 3 to 6 inches of rain.

On top of the inches of rain, the coast and Willamette Valley will be blustery. Gusts could reach 35 to 45 miles per hour in the valley Saturday afternoon and evening.

A high wind watch is in effect for the coast and coastal range. But experts say these winds might only be a bit stronger than what the valley experiences.

If you're traveling HIghway 101 along the coast be prepared for possible delays, inches of rain can create high water on the road, especially at the intersection of Highway 26 and 101 between Seaside and Cannon Beach.

Rain also likes to puddle up on the North side of Tillamook on 101. But new storm drains being put in may move the water out faster.

Food carts along this stretch of Highway 101 have to have wheels, so they can roll out when the flooding rain rolls in.

Locals and visitors alike have plenty of high water stories.

"My sister got stuck down here with my dad", said Mike Schabo. "He was in his late 80’s, and it made for an interesting time, she’s got a place in Rockaway and couldn’t go either direction on 101. They just had to wait for the water to recede. And it tool ahwile."

Friday morning, a Gold Beach woman was apparently swept away by a wave at the Rogue River Jetty. Her body was found Friday afternoon.

"People just aren’t aware," said Eric Williams who lives in Rockaway. " It’s pretty awesome to come out and look at this stuff and watch the big waves crashing on the rocks, but you really gotta stay back, people get too close and next thing you know you hear about them washing up somewhere."

“All in all, it appears our autumn storm season is beginning in earnest this weekend, if it hasn’t already,” the National Weather Service said in their forecast discussion.

Experts say there’s also a chance of thunderstorms possible over the weekend.

While the valley receives heavy showers, the Cascades will see a few more inches of snow accumulation.

The precipitation is expected to trail off Sunday as the front moves south and weakens.

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