Preparing for the 'Atmospheric River' expected to bring heavy rains, strong winds

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Starting Monday night, a big storm is expected to make its way through Western Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Heavy rains and strong winds will impact the coast range and the valleys. Ponding, clogged street drains, river flooding and power outages are all possible.

If you witness a power outage, make sure to report it to your power company.

Portland General Electric (PGE) says you should pack an emergency kit to assist during a possible black out. PGE suggests you compile the following items:

PGE says the following items are also beneficial:

  • Bottled water (if you rely on electricity to pump water)
  • A manual can opener
  • Disposable plates and utensils
  • Extra blankets or sleeping bags
  • Battery-powered camp lantern
  • Comfort items like playing cards or favorite books

Also, prepare for a challenging commute during the storm. Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) says if you're cycling to work, watch out for puddles, as they can often disguise potholes. If you walk to work, PBOT is warning about sharing the road. PBOT suggests not only looking both ways before you cross a street, but also making eye contact with drivers before you step onto the road. It can be harder for cars to stop in slippery conditions. If you are driving during the storm PBOT adds how important it is to slow down and adjust speed if necessary. PBOT also says you should give more space than normal (PBOT suggests three times the space) between you and the car in front of you.

Get the latest forecast here.

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