Caution Recommended When Traveling to the West Coast

A strong Pacific Northwest storm powered by Pacific Ocean Typhoon Songda hit parts of the West Coast, including northwest California, Oregon and western Washington with high winds and rain on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The storm caused significant damage associated with downed power lines and trees to vehicles, homes, businesses and other property. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration noted winds of 102 mph in Oregon at the height of the storm with gusts around 50 to 60 mph occurring on average during the event. The storm created 150 mph winds and 50-foot waves offshore.

 

NASA issued a warning to residents and travelers after Typhoon Songda changed from a cyclone to a tropical storm on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Beyond the general downed power lines and trees, other damage caused by the storm included severe power outages for thousands of residents in Oregon and Washington and coastal erosion and flooding. A tornado water spout struck Manzanita, Oregon on Friday causing two city blocks of severe damage. The impact to businesses and homes was so severe that three structures, a home and two businesses, were deemed completely unusable and the mayor of the town issued a state of emergency.

 

Areas affected by the storm are expected to continue to receive heavy rain through this coming week with northern California expecting at least a foot of rain. High surf condition advisories are expected to also continue along the coast through the week. All travelers should use extreme caution in the affected areas.