Over the last couple weeks we have seen several strong storms impact our area, and once again we’ll be dealing with it today with heavy rain and strong winds. The pineapple connection is bringing us tropical moisture again which is going to bring heavy rain at times and high winds to our area. For a quick look at the warnings and watches in effect head to the home page weather video as well as an explainer for what the difference is between watches and warning.
So far this morning we’ve seen areas of high water in Klamath Falls, Ashland, Rogue River and Langlois as well as strong winds on US 101. The strongest winds will impact areas west of the Cascades through the morning then turning to breezy while the strong winds will impact areas further east for most of the day. The strongest winds will be where they have been in the past with these storms, at the coast, east of the Cascades and the Shasta Valley. Besides the winds we’ll be talking about adding more rain to the already high creeks, rivers, and streams so the potential for flooding continues through tomorrow as the rain continues. Depending on the intensity and location of the the rain we could see large rivers flood again. Remember if you see flooding on the roadways, Turn around Don’t drown, it only takes an inch of rain to lift your car off the road to hydroplane.
With already saturated grounds the potential for winds to blow trees over is more likely than when the ground is dry. This also means that smaller debris can also easily be lifted up and lead to driving hazards, so especially over the next couple of days be weather aware and drive safely. Also, be prepared for power outages as downed power lines are possible with strong winds.
The strongest wind gust so far has been reported at Squaw Peak at 76 mph, that’s a hurricane category one force wind gust. Strong winds will be with us through the morning and start to weaken this afternoon. Stay safe out there! Like me on Facebook and Twitter to find more weather and road reports and to post your weather reports and photos!
Thanks for logging on and have a great Tuesday!
Meteorologist Megan Parry