Storm packing hail, lightning, heavy rain headed through Portland metro

Lightning over Portland on June 20, 2018 - KATU photo by Tristan Fortsch

The National Weather Service is warning of the potential of thunderstorms across Western Oregon and Southwest Washington on Wednesday afternoon.

Storm cells started developing in the Portland metro area about 9:30 p.m. There's a chance of hail and heavy showers in some areas like Beaverton, Hillsboro, Oregon City and Lake Oswego.

Most of the cells started to break up about 10:30 p.m.


Forecasters reported storm cells developing about 6:45 p.m. in the Columbia River Gorge near Stevenson and Mount Defiance. Earlier in the evening, the NWS issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Linn County through 5:45 p.m.

Multiple storms packing gusty winds, heavy rain and hail are moving through the metro area throughout the evening, and will last overnight, though the major storm will be over around 9 p.m.

Highway 242 (the Old McKenzie Highway) was closed down at both ends after mud washed over the road following the thunderstorms.

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