Sheriff Andy Long said northern Tillamook County was “extremely lucky” in escaping any injuries or deaths from the tornado touching down in Manzanita today (Oct. 14), but it may be a different story over the weekend when an even bigger storm is expected to hit.
By Ann Powers
While the tornado warning is currently cancelled for Tillamook County, officials said coastal residents and visitors could be in for a repeat Saturday – and it’s likely to be even worse.
Winds up to 100 mph, heavy rains, thunderstorms and additional tornado warnings could occur between noon and 8 p.m., according to a National Weather Service (NWS) briefing earlier today.
While river flooding is not expected, possible storm risks to watch out for include:
- Downed trees, broken limbs and power outages;
- Very dangerous sea conditions – high surf, high tides, possible tidal overflow;
- Dangerous conditions in surf zone, and;
- Localized urban/street flooding, plugged culverts/drains.
“We’re still trying to tell people to not to come out to the coast for the weekend,” Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long said. “Stay at home.”
County officials stated the Governor’s office, Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Ron Wyden and the State Office of Emergency Management have offered assistance with the county’s efforts in keeping the public safe and dealing with the severe weather’s aftermath.