LIVE: Seattle Storm Coverage

Steven Dubois & Gene Johnson, Associated Press

Final updated on the storm can be found here.

Updated 12:31 a.m.

Tens of thousands of people were without power in Oregon and Washington on Saturday as the storm made landfall after gathering intensity off the coast.

Trees and power lines snapped as a powerful storm bearing the remnants of a Pacific typhoon hit the Northwest.

The National Weather Service said winds gusted above 50 mph in the Portland area, and strong winds and heavy rain squalls were hitting the Seattle area Saturday night.

“We’ve definitely seen a good round of strong wind, with gusts along the coast anywhere from 60 mph to 80 mph in some of the more exposed parts, and 50 to 60 mph in the Portland area,” said Matthew Cullen, a meteorologist with the agency. “There’s scattered damage.”

The National Weather Service said gusts around Seattle would probably top out at about 50 mph, weaker than initially feared, but still strong enough to do some damage.

The strongest winds would hit Seattle from about 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Washington Department of Transportation said trees came down on Interstate 5 near Olympia, blocking the right lane.

No injuries had immediately been reported Saturday.

Updated 3:03 p.m.

Gusts along the central Oregon coast were already reaching 55 to 63 mph by late morning, when localized power outages were reported in at least two beach towns, and they were expected to hit upward of 80 mph Saturday afternoon, said agency meteorologist Tyree Wilde.

“Things are just starting to get going,” Wilde said. “This thing has the potential to be a pretty damaging windstorm.”

Inland, the winds are forecast to be weaker at 50 to 60 mph, but still strong enough to knock down trees and cut power to thousands. The damage could be exacerbated because many trees still have their leaves, and thus catch more wind and are more likely to topple, Wilde said.

In the Seattle area, there will now be 25-40 mph winds with a maximum of 60 mph from 6 to 9 p.m.

Updated: 9:20 a.m.

Weather models remain unclear on the track of the storm and its severity. High winds will hit the coast and northern Washington at 30-45 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph, according to National Weather Service. Expect winds to pick up in Seattle around 3 p.m.

Updated: 9:21 p.m.

The Coast Guard and other agency officials near Port Angeles, Washington, had made the first of several trips to rescue 40 teenagers and six adults who became stranded at an outdoor recreation camp after they lost power and downed trees blocked their way out.

It’s estimated it will take about six trips and nearly six hours, to get everyone out of the camp and to a waiting bus, according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Ali Flockerzi.

No injuries have been reported.

The National Weather Service in Portland, Oregon, are urging people to stay off roads as multiple streets in the city were flooded and impassable after heavy rains hit the area.

Updated: 5:25 p.m.

In West Seattle, a 4-year-old boy and his father were injured by a falling tree branch. The Seattle Fire Department said the child suffered serious injuries and the father minor injuries.

The sky has cleared up in the afternoon, but there are traffic delays as damage from fallen trees block roads and hit power lines.

At this point,  National Weather Service says to prepare yourself and your family for a significant windstorm on Saturday.

Updated 2:22 p.m.

Meteorologists are still expecting one of three outcomes for Saturday’s storm. The worst case scenario is a direct hit from the Southwest.

Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long says two businesses are confirmed destroyed and one home is uninhabitable. He says other homes have roof damage.

No injuries have been reported.

 


 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. 

Bellisle reported from Seattle. Associated Press writers Alina Hartounian in Phoenix, Gene Johnson and Lisa Baumann in Seattle, Kristen Bender in San Francisco, Scott Sonner in Reno, Nevada, and Rebecca Boone in Boise, Idaho, contributed.

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