Pacific Northwest Escapes Worst of Storm's Fury

Winds were less fierce than expected Saturday, but the remnants of a Pacific typhoon toppled trees and produced two tornados in coastal Oregon

A powerful storm fueled by the remnants of a typhoon swept through the Pacific Northwest Saturday, toppling dozens of trees in the Portland area and knocking out power, but the winds were less fierce than feared in Seattle.

Forecasters had warned of a possible historic storm along the coast. Gusts of a 77 mph were recorded near Garibaldi, Oregon — but in the Portland metro area gusts of 53 mph were recorded at the city's airport, and in the Seattle area wind gusts were around 40 mph, the National Weather Service said.

The storm was still powerful enough to cause damage. Two tornadoes touched down in coastal Oregon Friday, including one that tore through a neighborhood in the town of Manzanita, damaging around 30 homes, officials said.

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