TILLAMOOK, Ore. (KOIN) — Record rainfall hit the Oregon Coast Sunday, causing downed trees and debris to fill the road.
On Sunday the National Weather Service also issued a flood advisory and a high-wind warning — with wind gusts from 65 mph to 80 mph. Waves along the Oregon Coast are expected to reach nearly 30 feet.
The high-wind warning remains in effect until 11 p.m. Sunday for the northern and central Oregon Coast.
A few miles north of Tillamook, spectators headed out into the elements Sunday afternoon to watch the water show. However, nearby residents said the storms this weekend are coming too soon.
“Last year we didn’t have any rain through the month of September, and this year it’s absolutely crazy,” said Hugh Ragle. “It’s just so unusual; it’s sort of depressing in a way.”
In Cannon Beach, the heavy rain made for low visibility. Visitors in the area described it as very wet and windy.
In Seaside, rain-or-shine visitors braved the storm.
“We had a hard time getting here because it was raining so hard,” said Charlene Scott, a visitor from Portland, “but once we got here everything was good.”
KOIN 6 News also received feedback from those doing business in the area.
Though the rain is early, workers said it hasn’t stopped people from shopping.
“The rain doesn’t seem to bother them; they buy umbrellas, raincoats, whatever it takes,” said Charlene Scott, an employee at World of Gifts. “They are interested and they love it here. A little bit of rain, or a lot of rain, it’s not going to stop them.”
The Oregon Coast also had several lightning strikes throughout the area. As for the beach, the National Weather Service reports its high-wind advisory will stay in effect until Monday morning.
A Marion County deputy and the man he was chasing were both wounded by gunfire in a Christmas tree field in Silverton Friday afternoon.
An arrest warrant was issued for a 40-year-old man with a glass eye for allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old girl from Oregon City.
The season's first big snow storm hit the region Friday, closing schools and shutting down roads.
Retailers felt a chill as shoppers stayed away while the temperatures plummeted throughout Oregon, causing other concerns for the owners of Portland's food carts.