Oregon storm’s peak gust _ 97 mph



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Northwest Oregon continues to feel the effects of a storm that blew through on Tuesday.

The winds were strong enough to topple a tractor-trailer rig near Waldport, restricting traffic on a bridge. The National Weather Service reported a peak wind gust Tuesday of 97 mph on Mount Hebo.

The state Transportation Department said Wednesday morning crews are ready to have another go at reopening Oregon 18 through the Coast Range. The agency says about 25 trees fell across the road, and it pulled crews amid fears more would fall. Clearing the road is expected to be at least a four-hour job.

Cars are blocked on U.S. 101 south of Seaside at Beerman Creek. Only trucks and high-profile vehicles are getting through the high water.