Be Prepared: Wind, rain could spark power outages

EUGENE, Ore. - The wettest, windiest storm in months should hit the Oregon Coast and Willamette Valley on Monday afternoon and overnight into Tuesday.

"Expect wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour at the coast, and 40 miles per hour in the Willamette Valley," the National Weather Service said. "Rainfall amounts of up to 2.5 inches are possible at the coast, 1 inch inland, and up to 3 inches in the Cascades."

The storm has tapped into subtropical moisture. After weeks of calm, dry weather in the Willamette Valley, the storm could cause some localized problems, forecasters said.

"Possible impacts include downed trees, local power outages, ponding of water on roadways and moderate rises in small streams and creeks," the weather service said.

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