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Wind storm could damage trees; cause power outages at Coast, Metro area and Valley

Winds could reach hurricane-strength on the Oregon coast on Saturday, April 7, 2018. KATU image

PORTLAND, Ore. – Winds are expected to slam the Southern Washington and Northern Oregon coast and Coast range beginning Friday night. The gusts will also impact the Portland metro area and Willamette Valley.

A high wind warning is in effect from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday for the northern and central Oregon coast.

A high wind watch is in effect from late Friday night through Saturday evening for the Portland metro area and Willamette Valley.

According to KATU Meteorologist Rhonda Shelby, gusts at the coast could reach hurricane strength by Saturday afternoon. She anticipates they’ll reach 75 miles per hour.

On average, the wind speeds at the coast and Coast Range will be between 30 and 45 miles per hour.

In the metro area and Willamette Valley, the wind will blow between 25 and 35 miles per hour, with gusts reaching 55 miles per hour.

Rhonda Shelby warns the wind could cause power outages and down trees.

She says this is the first wind storm the area has seen since the wind storm that occurred exactly one year ago. Last year, 150,000 people lost power.

Rhonda Shelby adds that Saturday is not a good day to spend on the water. The winds will create dangerous situations for anglers. There’s also a chance of a few thunderstorms Saturday.

As far as precipitation goes, Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon will see scattered showers throughout the day Friday.

Sunday, conditions should improve. The wind will move out of the area and only scattered showers will continue.

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