Severe weather alerts in the Northwest. (Photo : Weather.com (Screenshot))
The Pacific Northwest was barraged my heavy winds and strong winds, causing road closures, power outages and at least one recorded death on Monday.
According to The Associated Press, the bad weather is expected to continue this week, with forecasters predicting hurricane-force winds Monday evening in Washington and Oregon. National Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg told the AP, "Not a dry day for a while."
A crashing tree near Nehalem killed an Oregon hunter on Monday morning, the AP reported. Sheriff Andy Long of Tillamook County identified the man, who was hit by snapped tree as wind gusts reached more than 70 mph, as 52-year-old Nathan Christensen of Seattle.
A tree hit another two vehicles on Highway 101 near Naselle, Wash., the AP reported. A Washington State trooper was able to crawl to safety after his car was hit and began to burn. The trooper and the female driver of the other vehicle were both okay, it was reported.
Weather.com said that an additional two-five inches of rainfall could fall between western Washington and northern California. The AP reported that parts of Interstate 5 in the Seattle area were forced to close due to excess water. Up to eight inches of rain could fall on southwest Oregon and northwest California, Weather.com reported.
Rainwaters have flooded the Skokomish River in Mason County west of Seattle and have led to flood warnings for the Chehalis, Satsap, Newaukum and Willapa rivers in southwest Washington. According to Weather.com, flooding is expected to become "worse and more widespread through Wednesday due to the additional rain."
The AP reported that forecasters predict nine to 30 inches of snow in the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges above 4,000 feet. Weather.com also predicted widespread snowfall, between one to two feet of snow "possible in the mountains of western Washington, western Oregon and northern California above 7,000 feet through Wednesday.
The wintery Pacific storm has caused some power outages near Seattle, the AP reported. However, there might be some respite from the storm on Thanksgiving Day.
Bourg added, "This is usually when we see windstorms, rain, river flooding and mountain snow. We've been lucky so far we haven't seen a big wind. The winter is young."