Rain, Gusts and Landslide Fears Spread to the Pacific Northwest

As a storm system that has soaked parts of California moves northward into the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, forecasters are warning that parts of the region could face strong winds and heavy rains into Thursday.

Wind gusts could reach 60 miles per hour along the southern Oregon coast, the National Weather Service said Wednesday, warning that the conditions could down trees and power lines. Forecasters urged caution on the water, saying winds and steep seas could capsize or damage boats.

Up to eight inches of rain could fall over parts of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, the Weather Service said, raising the risk of landslides and river flooding. Many lowland areas in the western part of the state are also expected to see more than an inch of rain.

Matthew Cullen, a meteorologist at the service’s Seattle office, said that while forecasters are watching for impacts across the Olympic Peninsula and anticipate some swollen rivers, such a system is not out of the ordinary for a typical winter.

“It will be nothing to the degree that our neighbors in California are seeing,” Mr. Cullen said.

Forecasters warned that another “atmospheric river” — which can bring heavy rains from the Pacific Ocean — could affect much of the West Coast next week.


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