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Widespread flooding, landslides and power outages in wake of storm

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A storm system carrying heavy rain and winds continued to create problems in the Portland area and all across the Pacific Northwest Wednesday, with widespread reports of flooding, power outages and landslides.

Portland alone saw 5.41 inches of rain in the three-day period that ended Wednesday morning, making it the wettest three-day period since Feb. 1996.

That led to widespread flooding in communities around the region, including Vernonia, Longview/Kelso, Kalama, and the Oregon coast.

The wind, combined with the soggy ground, led to trees coming down in some areas, including southeast Portland, where a woman was killed when a tree fell on her home.

As of Wednesday afternoon, several thousand Portland General Electric customers were still without power. That number was down from the 26,000 customers reported earlier in the morning.

The majority of PGE's customers without power were in Multnomah and Clackamas counties.

PGE said crews worked through the night to restore power as quickly as they could. Due to flooding, downed trees and other storm-related obstacles, restoring power to some areas may take a while. You can check the latest outage list at PortlandGeneral.com.

The weather created multiple problems on area roadways, prompting closures of many highways.

Highway 30 was shut down near the St. Johns Bridge Tuesday evening after a mudslide. Crews were able to clear the slide enough to get traffic moving once again.

Other major roads, such as SR-14 in Washington, OR-47 and Highway 101 on the Oregon coast also saw closures because of slides and high water. For up-to-the-minute updates on road closures around Oregon, go to TripCheck.com.

The weather also affected public transportation, with TriMet running shuttle buses to serve some MAX stops and rerouting some bus lines to avoid closed roads.

The rain let up Wednesday morning and though forecasts showed more rain throughout the week, rainfall amounts should be lower than what the region saw in the first half of the week.

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