An unusually strong early fall storm caused traffic problems and power outages Saturday and was expected to increase in strength overnight and bring a second round of rain and wind this afternoon.
The remnants of Typhoon Paduk arrived Saturday in Douglas County, bringing rain and strong winds. A wind gust of 29 mph was recorded at the Roseburg Regional Airport shortly before 2 p.m.
Rains were increasing late Saturday at the Roseburg Regional Airport. A total of .06 inches of a rain fell between 8 and 9 p.m. and another .11 inches fell between 9 and 10 p.m.
Winds were stronger in coastal Douglas County. At least three trees blew down on a two-mile stretch of Highway 101 in the Gardiner area, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The highway remained open, but ODOT posted flaggers on the highway to warn drivers to proceed with extreme caution.
The Douglas Electric Cooperative reported power outages Saturday afternoon in the Oakland and Camas Valley areas.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for areas scarred by this summer’s wildfires.
The storm is expected to deliver a one-two punch, according to the weather service.
Heavy rains late Saturday and early today were expected to be followed by a lull. The rain and wind is expected to return this afternoon, perhaps stronger than before, according to forecasters.
The weather is expected to be moderate Monday, but the storm won’t clear the region until the evening, according to the weather service.
Snow levels were expected to be above 9,000 feet.