Steve Todd, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service in Portland said the storm’s center is expected to make landfall over the mouth of the Columbia River, setting up a tight pressure gradient that could generate up to 100 mph winds.
For those brave souls who are into storm watching, the next couple of days should be quite a show. If that description fits you I hope you are already there because travel to the coast is not recommended. Big Pacific storms that rage from November until April put on quite a show. But you should always check road conditions before heading out. High winds can blow down trees causing the roads to be closed. Forecasters are predicting the worst winds in years for tonight so wait a couple of days before planning to travel. It looks like there will be plenty of rain this weekend with milder winds. If you can’t make it to the coast you can still see the storm from a webcam at the following websites http://www.seaandsandrvpark.com/gallery.html or http://www.spanishhead.com/site/katu.html