The North Coast was picking up the pieces Tuesday after Monday night's big storm walloped the coast with high winds and almost constant rain.
The National Weather Service warns that more bad weather is on the way.
Sustained winds of 55 mph were reported at Clatsop Spit near Astoria and there was one report of a gust of 62 mph in Seaside. Farther south, wind gusts at or exceeding 89 mph were reported at Waldport and Garibaldi. A 95 mph gust was reported about 5:15 p.m. Monday at Cape Foulweather between Newport and Lincoln City.
The U.S. Coast Guard closed the bars at the Columbia River and Tillamook Bay Monday and they remained closed overnight.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jonathan Wolfe in Portland said one to two inches of rain fell in about 12 hours on the Coast. The weather service has issued a flood watch for nearly all of northwest Oregon.
The biggest casualty was the roof of the old City Hall building at Broadway and Roosevelt in Seaside which blew off. The road was blocked off by city of Seaside public works crews and was be be inspected at first light to determine how quickly it could be moved. The building was being renovated for local business use.
Flooding south of Seaside caused U.S. Highway 101 to be closed overnight to all but trucks and large high-profile vehicles, with a reported one foot of water on the roadway.
Adam Torgerson, the public information officer for Oregon Department of Transportation Region 2, said staff measured 16 inches of standing water on U.S. Highway 101 at Beerman Creek at 9 a.m. this morning. Although the rains from overnight had subsided, he said the tide was coming in, so crews did not expect the water on the road to recede.
Traffic through the area is limited to high-clearance vehicles, such as basic four-wheel drive vehicles. Torgerson said no passenger cars or minivans are allowed to pass through the water at this time.
"Over the course of the storm there were remarkably few trees down," Torgerson said. "There is brush and debris in various sections of the roads."
He said crews are working to remove the brush and debris from Highway 101 and U.S. Highway 26. He said hazardous tree removal done this summer might have had an impact on the storm's damage. There were only a few trees in the area that fell across roads.
"Typically, with that much wind, there is more," Torgerson said.
Flood warnings were issued Monday for the Nehalem River. Between 2 and 2 1/2 inches of rain fell overnight and two rivers in Washington - the Willapa and the Grays - exceeded flood stage.
Cannon Beach Elementary School was closed Tuesday because of a power outage in the area that began at about 4 p.m.. All other schools in the Seaside School District were open.
In Cannon?Beach, a tree had fallen on a vehicle on Hemlock Street near the Jackson intersection.
Clatsop County Emergency Management coordinator Gene Strong said this morning that staff held a weather briefing Monday afternoon to prepare for the coming storm. He said staff agreed to monitor the weather and remain prepared to react if needed, but emergency management plans were not implemented overnight.
"The bad news is we have another (storm) coming," he said.
Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin said there was little serious damage from the overnight storm. He said there were few trees across roads this year. "The first storm usually just loosens 'em," Bergin said. "We'll be watching closely Thursday."
The storm hit KMUN's transmission tower on Megler Mountain Monday morning.
The damage to the antenna meant that station managers had to shift programming to its sister station KCPB at 90.9 FM. The regular programming on KCPB?was being pre-empted.
The storm damage happened between 8 and 10 a.m. Monday at the transmission tower, which is on a ridge above the Washington side of the Astoria-Megler Bridge. The strong winds battering the North Coast blew the antenna off the tower.
A station spokesman said staff were working hard to restore normal broadcasting as soon as possible. A new antenna was being fabricated and shipped to the station.
The incoming interim general manager, Doug Sweet, was working with former General Manager Dave Hammock and engineer Terry Wilson to correct the issue, but feared it could take three to five days. KTCB Tillamook and the three translators (South Astoria 91.1, Cannon Beach 89.5, and Wheeler/Manzanita 88.9) will be silent during this period. The receivers for KTCB and the translators listen to 91.9 for KMUN, and the engineering department cannot re-tune them to hear KCPB at 90.9. KMUN continued to broadcast on the internet at coastradio.org
KAST Radio also had trouble. The Tuesday morning news crew reported the station's satellite dish was hit by the storm, meaning they had to offer local broadcasting instead of regular national offerings in the early morning slot.
The National Weather Service said a series of storm systems will continue to roll through the region through the weekend, beginning Wednesday night.
In Washington, flood waters are receding in many areas. However, the flood warning remains in effect until Wednesday afternoon for the Skokomish River near Potlatch.
A five-mile section of Highway 101 was closed by flooding and mudslides Monday night near Hoodsport. Transportation Department spokeswoman Emily Pace says it remains officially closed until experts assess the situation, but some traffic Tuesday morning drove around the "road closed" signs.
Some high winds reported around Washington: Hoquiam 70 mph, Bellingham 58 mph, Everett 46 mph, Bremerton 39 mph, Sea-Tac Airport 35, Olympia 36.
The Associated Press contributed to this story
The American Red Cross and the county Community Emergency Response Teams urge local residents to take a few minutes to discuss preparedness with their families in preparation for winter storms. The rules are: get a kit; make a plan; and be informed.
"Go-Bags" should be stocked for each family member and stored in a central location, and should include: three days' worth of water (one gallon per person per day plus pets' water); three days' worth of dry, canned or non-perishable food, with a can opener; flashlights and batteries; a fully stocked first aid kit; a two week supply of family medicines, including extra glasses and pet medicines; a battery-powered radio or hand-cranked radio (a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio is recommended); personal hygiene items; a basic tool kit, including a wrench for utility shut-off and pliers; and some type of personal identification card for each family member, with emergency contact numbers and information.
Pack copies of personal documents and family photos as well, including pets. When families get separated in a disaster, the photos are important tools for identifying and reuniting family members. A photo of the residence could be useful, should it sustain damage.
Other tips include choosing an out-of-area emergency contact person. Everyone should have emergency contact information in writing or programmed into their cell phones. Keep some cash and change on hand. Pack local maps, planned evacuation route(s), tsunami inundation zone and evacuation route maps and an emergency manual for first aid.
Paper and pencil or permanent marker (in a sealed storage bag) will also be needed, as will matches and lighter in a waterproof container, and toys, books, games, puzzles or other activities for the children. An emergency blanket or small blanket, towel, paper towels, wash cloth(s), clean socks and an extra sweater or a hooded windbreaker will also come in handy.
Remember the pets: Be sure they're wearing identification, and keep it with their carrier, extra food they're used to, medicines, treats, a toy and a leash.
Home supplies should provide for enough food and water for two weeks for each family member and pet.
Pre-storm maintenance tips include: keep a supply of batteries for flashlights and portable radios and make sure they work; check cell phone batteries; check fire extinguishers to be sure they are fully charged; check the fire sprinkler system and/or smoke detectors; check the generator or other backup power supply; keep the gas tank full on all vehicles and check the battery; re-check the supply of firewood, tarps and tools; and clean the chimney.
If there is any extra space in the freezer, fill it with gallon baggies of water, being sure to leave room in the bag for water to expand when it freezes. This extra ice will help keep freezer contents cold if you lose power.
Helpful items to have on hand include a land-line (corded) phone; a hard hat; a whistle for each family member; a two-way family radio system; an extra set of car keys; plastic sheeting; duct tape; extra scissors; and blankets and sleeping bags.
Have household chlorine bleach and a medicine dropper handy. When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or, in an emergency, it can be used to treat water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
After the storm, if the power is out, stay away from downed power lines. Be certain the generator is disconnected from the power grid before starting it. Operate generators outdoors only in a well ventilated area away from air intakes to the home. Never bring a generator or home barbecue into the garage or house. Use candles and gas lanterns with extreme caution.
For those who are part of a neighborhood emergency preparedness group: when the family and premises have been checked, be sure to put the green and red OK/HELP sign in the front window to aid emergency crews. The signs are available from CERT at the Astoria Fire Department.
Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency (www.ready.gov) and the Red Cross (www.redcross.org) provide checklists and detailed information for preparing the family and workplace, including children, seniors, the disabled and pets.
For information, contact the American Red Cross at (503) 325-4721, or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)x. For county CERT information, call (503)-325-2345 or go to (www.citizencorps.gov)