Thanksgiving Storm

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through tomorrow evening for areas of northwest Oregon. Minor flooding is possible today and tomorrow. Periods of heavy rain will cause sharp rises on several rivers and creeks with minor flooding possible this afternoon through tomorrow. Rivers of concern in Lincoln County include the Siletz River. If flooding occurs it is expected to be minor primarily impacting fields and low-lying property and secondary roads vulnerable to flooding in low areas. There is a high wind warning in effect until 10 am this morning for the beaches and headlands on the north and central coast.

Winds out of the south will increase 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph across the beaches and headlands through this morning. This afternoon winds will die down then are expected to pick up again from the south with gusts possibly reaching 55 to 70 mph starting late this afternoon. Ali Ryan Hansen, communications director for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries warns that landslides can be triggered by intense rainfall, and landslides and debris flows are possible during this rainy and windy weather. Be sure to use extreme caution when traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. For the latest in road conditions and weather information go to