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Comparisons to the storm that blew through the Pacific Northwest on Oct. 12, 1962, should not be taken lightly. More than 40 people were killed in Oregon and Washington as the gale ripped through the region and another 317 were hospitalized. Cape Blanco, on the southern Oregon coast, saw a wind gust of 179 mph.
It wasn't much better inland, either. The Morrison Bridge saw a gust of 116 mph, which toppled trucks and lifted cars off their wheels. The Columbus Day Storm was the only time in the history of the Pacific Northwest that an officially supervised weather station was abandoned due to high winds.
The Columbus Day Storm had its origin as Typhoon Frieda, taking over a week to get across the Pacific," Mass wrote on his popular weather blog. "Our [this] Saturday storm started as Typhoon Songda, which is now moving towards us as it transforms into an extratropical (midlatitude) storm. Both of these storms retained some of their tropical "juice" with lots of moisture and tight, strong low pressure centers."
A true monster storm, potentially as strong as the most powerful storn in NW history. [Columbus Day Storm, 1962] ... The central pressure is an amazing 961 mb, with an unbelievably strong pressure gradient around it.
The mayor of Manzanita, Oregon, has declared a state of emergency in the wake of a tornado that tore through downtown.
The declaration by Mayor Garry Bullard is necessary for the beach town to be eligible for federal disaster money. The inventory of damage from Friday's tornado is incomplete, but photos and videos show toppled trees, downed power poles, a mangled deck and some wrecked downtown businesses.
Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long says two businesses are confirmed destroyed and one home is uninhabitable. He says other homes have roof damage.
No injuries have been reported.
A powerhouse storm slammed into the Pacific Northwest on Thursday night and Friday morning, uncorking wind gusts of up to 80 to 100 mph and half a foot of rain. An even stronger storm, traced to a Super Typhoon in the western Pacific Ocean, is forecast to hammer the region Saturday.
Saturday’s storm could be the strongest in a decade according to the National Weather Service office in Seattle