Hurricane Dorian has formed near the mouth of the Columbia River in North Carolina and threatens to hit Portland, Oregon on Tuesday night. This superstorm is the strongest Atlantic storm wind record since records began. Hurricane or Tropical Storm, according to the National Weather Service, is a high-intensity tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of Category 3. It is also the most powerful storm to hit Oregon in over 90 years. Dorian’s projected path tracks over the continental United States indicate a potential impact on the West Coast of the United States as well as the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.
The Canadian Border could also be threatened by this monster storm. Meteorologists in Canada are taking a look at possible tornado activity over the Canadian Border. As we get ready for the big one, meteorologists around the United States and Canada are taking a good look at possible storm track patterns, development, and intensities. If you live in a coastal area, you need to act now before the storm makes its way towards you.
The National Weather Service has issued a weather alert for the entire state of Oregon. The warning called “ayerrapic” indicates that this storm is expected to produce life-threatening surf and rip currents for at least six hours beginning Tuesday night. The surf could reach ten feet high, with high tides and multiple waves reaching even higher. rip currents can cause swells in the ocean well over seven feet when combined with strong surf. Rip currents are a major threat along the coast from Vancouver Island to San Diego.
The Canadian Border is prone to tornados during Tropical Storm Dorian, which could affect Portland and the Willamette Valley. This cyclone is expected to have winds in excess of fifty miles an hour with higher elevations of water causing flash floods and flooding in low-lying areas. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the Portland and Gresham area. The warning has been expanded to include the state of Idaho, San Diego, and California.
The Canadian Coast Guard has warned that sections of the coast between British Columbia and Washington State are expected to be susceptible to a Coastal Range Hurricane during the period of this storm. This stretch of the Oregon coast runs from Salmon Bay in the north to Wilson Creek in the south. It is expected that the coastal area will experience three to six inches of rain combined with strong winds. This will be accompanied by a rapid intensification of sea levels, with tides increasing as much as fifteen feet and winds of up to seventy-five miles per hour.
The National Weather Service has issued a coastal weather outlook for Pacific Northwest states, which includes the states of Washington, British Columbia, Oregon, and California. This outlook indicates that the combination of a cold front stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Arctic Ocean will be the strongest along these states’ coastlines from late July into early August. Parts of northern California, British Columbia, and Oregon may receive between one to four inches of rainfall, with the majority falling near the mouth of the Columbia River. The rainfall amounts will change as the storm moves inland, but people living along the coast should be concerned about the changing weather conditions.
Dorian Crabs is not the first storm to make its presence felt along the United States West Coast this year. Hurricane Wilma in June knocked out trees along the Pacific Ocean’s west coast, causing flash flooding and extensive damage along the length of its path. A similar event in February 2009 triggered record rainfall on the Oregon and California coasts. While neither of these storms was classified as a hurricane, it is important to understand that these events are possible. Preparation for these eventualities is critical to protecting a property and its contents.
While no exact numbers have been tallied as far as how many homes may be damaged or destroyed, a large number of properties will likely be impacted. This is particularly true for those living in areas that currently have a hurricane warning. Property owners should also take care to ensure that all members of their household have their hurricane preparedness in place, including everyone’s cars. With this preparation, people can face fewer risks of damage resulting from a hurricane, and hopefully, more of them will not suffer a costly loss of property in the process.