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Tuesday night storm leaves outages, landslides in Clark County

By , Columbian Metro Editor
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An overnight storm left a wake of disruptions in Southwest Washington and the Portland metro area this morning, with numerous power outages and landslides disrupting traffic into the Columbia River Gorge and toward the Oregon Coast.

The storm brought heavy rain and wind to the region Tuesday night, with a 24-hour rainfall total of 1.68 inches as of about 4 a.m. today and a 72-hour total of 2.59 inches. Saturated soils led to landslides that affected the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Troutdale, Ore., and limited traffic on U.S. Highway 30 near Saltzman Road north of Portland. West Burnside was closed in Portland near Southwest Barnes Road because of downed trees. It is expected to remain closed through the afternoon.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has closed state Highway 14 to heavy truck travel between Milepost 19 east of Washougal and the Hood River Bridge near Milepost 65 in White Salmon.

The storm brought hours of windy conditions, with winds clocked at 12 to 24 mph with gusts up to 33 mph at Pearson Field in Vancouver into the early morning hours. As of 8:30 a.m., Clark Public Utilities was reporting power was out to about 2,600 of its customers, with power recently restored to about 12,300 customers.

As many as 100,000 people in the Portland area were without power Wednesday morning, according to KOIN.

The storm has moved out of the area as of this morning, and flood advisories from the National Weather Service are set to be lifted this morning. The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of showers, mostly before 10 a.m., becoming mostly sunny with a high near 56.

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