Windy storm knocks out power to hundreds in Clark County



Updated: February 15, 2014, 8:03 PM


Winds swept in by a weather system caused power outages throughout Clark County on Saturday.

As of about 8 p.m., Clark Public Utilities reported about 500 customers were without power, mostly in the Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek areas. Outages earlier in the day had affected about 1,500 customers.

The National Weather Service reported winds of up to 22 mph Saturday afternoon, with gusts of 31 mph. Forecasters said another strong weather system will bring even stronger winds to the area Sunday evening, with winds to 30 mph and gusts to 45 mph.

The heavy rain expected during the next few days also prompted a flood watch for much of western Oregon and Southwest Washington, including Clark County.

The flood watch is in effect until Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

A continuing parade of weather systems will continue to bring rain to the region throughout this weekend and early next week, according to the weather service. Flooding is possible near rivers and streams, forecasters said, along with the potential for debris flows and landslides.

As of 7 p.m., Vancouver had already measured more than three-quarters of an inch of rain today at Pearson Field.