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Pacific Northwest Storms May Be Historic as Typhoon Remnants Blow In

Pacific Northwest Storms May Be Historic as Typhoon Remnants Blow In

Two strong storm systems are targeting the Pacific Northwest, one the remnants of Super Typhoon Songda. (NOAA)

By    |   Friday, 14 October 2016 05:51 AM

Parts of the Pacific Northwest could see more than a foot of rain and hurricane or tropical storm-force winds as two major storms are predicted to pass through the area.

The first storm on Thursday is expected to cause possible flooding in the Olympic Peninsula area with wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour in parts of Washington and Oregon. “Areas of ponding on roadways will slow Thursday commutes,” CNN reported the National Weather Service said.

The second storm on Saturday is the former Super Typhoon Songda, which could bring high winds and rain to parts of Canada, Washington, and Oregon, including Puget Sound and Vancouver Island, The Washington Post reported.

The European weather model predicts a meteorological “bomb” in which the central pressure could falls as much as 30 millibars in 24 hours, equivalent to a Category 2 or 3 hurricane. Other models have the storm heading farther north, with strong winds impacting Washington coastal areas but the focus of the storm being Canada’s western coast.

In the worst case scenario, the storm could cause trees to fall, widespread power outages, and coastal erosion from 30 foot or higher waves along the coast. The weather service cautions those in risk areas to stay tuned for further information as the storm moves closer.

The Pacific Northwest storm could be “a worst case scenario leading to a historical and destructive windstorm for the area,” CNN reported the weather service as saying.

The way the storm is predicted to evolve is reminiscent of the 1962 Columbus Day storm in the area, which also began as a typhoon. The 1962 storm killed 46 people and had winds up to 150 miles per hour or higher, damaging and destroying measuring instruments.

CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said a third storm may impact the Pacific Northwest some time next week as well.

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