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Strong storm could bring 70 mph wind gusts to the coast, 45 mph in town

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A strong storm is moving through the Pacific Northwest, bringing possible wind gusts of up to 70 mph.

According to Fox 12 meteorologists, the Portland metro area could see gusts as strong as 45 mph starting after midnight into Saturday morning.

The strongest wind in the valleys will be between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. A lull is expected until sunrise, when weakened returning. 

On the coast, those winds could hit up to 70 mph.

By 5 p.m. Friday, winds were already gusting and rain was slamming the Seaside shoreline.  

"It's really pretty down by the water, the sand looks like it's flowing over top like a river," said Sue Byers, who drove from Gresham to check out the storm. 

Power outages and downed tree limbs could be possible overnight. Heavy rain is also expected as the storm moves through.

Many people were rushing to local stores to pick up everything they need in case they loose power. 

"If we lose power, we'll lose it," said Seaside resident Joseph Alexander.  "We'll hopefully just lose it for a day or two, but we've got generators and we are stocking up on the little things we need just in case, I'm ready for it."

"I made chili last night,  and we'll get a fire going," said Seaside resident Jeanette Nicolazzi. "I've just gotta get home, because we need to make sure our roof lasts through the weekend.  We also gotta put away patio furniture that didn't get put away before Christmas. We'll keep everything nice and tight for the storm."

Rain will turn to snow in the Cascades around sunrise Saturday, then heavy snow is expected until Sunday. By the time it dies down, 15 to 25 inches of snow is expected in the mountains.

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