After several days of heavy rains, high winds expected Thursday evening could topple trees onto power lines causing outages in Western Washington.
High winds and heavy rain hit the Northwest coast early Wednesday as the first strong weather front of the fall moved ashore.
A pilot observed light volcanic ash in the air Thursday near Mount St. Helens.
High winds and warm temperatures are challenging Northwest firefighters, especially in the typically windy Columbia River Gorge where a windblown wildfire on the Washington side damaged three homes and smoke from a fire on the Oregon side temporarily restricted traffic on Interstate 84.
The strongest Northwest storm of the season blew in early Monday on winds that gusted to more than 80 mph on the coast, knocking out power in places and creating blizzard-like conditions in the mountains.