Drivers: Watch for standing water during morning commute as heavy rain hits Portland metro

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The Pacific Northwest is bracing for the strongest storm of the season so far, which is expected to bring strong wind that will knock out power and put much of the region under a flood watch.

The storm is expected to start picking up overnight, and could make for a messy Tuesday morning commute.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is warning drivers that there could be some urban flooding around the metro area.

City crews worked through the day to clear some storm drains, however, debris will likely still pose a problem and cause ponding on several city streets.

They're asking drivers to go slowand to remember that whether by car or by bike - don't go through standing water or around barriers.

If you're taking public transit, check service alerts for any changes due to the weather.

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