Columbus Day Storm museum exhibit closes Sunday

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon History Museum's exhibit "The Mightiest Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm" closes Sunday, January 6.

The exhibit takes visitors back in time to the most devastating storm in Oregon's history.  

Wind gusts reached 116 miles per hour in Portland, 127 miles per hour in Corvallis, and in excess of 145 miles per hour on the Oregon coast.

Nearly 50 fatalities were attributed to the storm, more than any other Pacific Northwest weather event in history.

The storm forced portions of Oregon to rebuild their power systems from the ground up; some locations went without power for several weeks.

The Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 S.W. Park Avenue in downtown Portland.  Museum hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon - 5 p.m.