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    Additional rain to soak western US into Monday

    By By Renee Duff, meteorologist
    October 17, 2016, 4:16:12 AM EDT

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    Following several potent storm systems this past week and weekend, unsettled weather will linger into Monday but impacts should begin to lessen.

    Two powerful storm systems lashed the Pacific Northwest with wind and rain Thursday into Sunday, causing wind damage and flooding as well as tornadoes and mudslides.

    The first storm that moved ashore from Thursday to Friday blasted the region with heavy rain and high winds.

    Gusts over 90 mph were reported along the Washington and Oregon coastlines. Reports of toppled trees and power lines were widespread across the region.

    The National Weather Service in Portland, Oregon, confirmed two tornadoes along the Oregon coast early on Friday. One was reported in the town of Manzanita, while the other touched down in the community of Oceanside.


    The latest storm, which contained the remnant circulation of once-Super Typhoon Songda, came ashore near Cape Flattery, Washington, on Saturday.

    Gusts reached 50 mph in Portland, Oregon, as the storm made its closest approach on Saturday. The howling winds knocked down trees onto power lines, homes and cars, according to the Associated Press.

    While the highest winds have subsided, isolated gusts up to 45 mph are still possible into Sunday night.

    Trees that have already been compromised by the onslaught of rain and wind could still tumble.

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    The Chelan County Sheriff's Office reported at least four mudslides in the Chelan, Washington, area on Saturday night. The threat for mudslides will continue on Sunday, especially across burn scarred areas of northern California.

    Stormy pattern to persist across Northwest through Tuesday

    Beyond this weekend, unsettled weather will continue to impact the Northwest into early this week.

    While these storms will overall be weaker, any additional unsettled weather could cause new flooding problems and hinder clean-up efforts.

    Heavy rain will continue into Monday with the bulk of it falling across northern California and southern Oregon. There can be several more inches of rain in this area during this time. Rainfall should lessen after this through Tuesday, with mostly widely-seperated showers.


    Motorists could face slow travel and possible road closures. Never attempt to drive through a flooded roadway as the water may be higher than it appears and the roadway underneath could be compromised.

    Beyond Tuesday, the storm track is expected to shift farther north. This means that most of the rain and wind will impact British Columbia and Washington, while bypassing Oregon and northern California.

    Gusty winds to raise wildfire danger

    Gusty winds, but not as much rain, will reach portions of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. The winds could fan some of the wildfires that are raging across the region.

    According to a local ABC affiliate, wind-driven wildfires destroyed 22 homes near Carson City, Nevada, and forced hundreds to evacuate at Lake Tahoe on Friday.

    Gusty winds will spread well in advance of the northwestern U.S. storms, reaching as far east as the Plains through Monday.


    The howling winds, combined with dry and unseasonably hot conditions, will elevate the wildfire danger from Rapid City, South Dakota, to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Amarillo, Texas, into Monday.

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