[Updated with photos at bottom]
Dixie Chick gave me the Underblog Award. Isn’t she sweet? I must not deserve the award because our area was recently hit with three storms in a row. Back to back to back. First came the snow storm on Saturday. It didn’t last long, but it was cold and windy the entire day. The second and third storms came Saturday evening or Sunday morning and didn’t end until Monday evening. The last two storms brought lots of rain and powerful winds. A hurricane-force warning was even issued for the Oregon coast. We didn’t actually have a hurricane. In fact, hurricanes are not even on the menu in Oregon. Apparently, when the wind gusts to 129 mph, that makes the official wind person of the 2008 Olympics issue a hurricane-force warning.
Luckily for us, our area wasn’t hit as bad as other parts of the Northwest. We had lots of rain and wind, but everyone is safe. We didn’t have any floods or major damages to the house. However, our house did spring a leak. I have no idea where the leak came from. Even after I removed the drywall, I still couldn’t find the source of the leak. I think this is going to be a long winter.
Other areas — especially cities along the coast — were not as lucky. The winds tore off roofs and knocked down trees, power lines, and phone lines. The rain caused major flooding. Tens of thousands of people have no power and had to leave their homes. Most of the roads leading to the areas hardest hit by the storms are also closed so it’s hard to get in and out of the affected cities. As a result, people are starting to run out of food and other supplies. I feel really bad for those people.
Normally, our winters are relatively mild. In fact, we have not had a storm like this in over ten years. I know, our storm of the decade is wimpy compared to the hurricanes people face in other parts of the country. But around here, it’s big news.
Below are some photos from The Oregonian, our local newspaper.