Storm Pounds Pacific Northwest
Undated (AP) _ An intense storm pounded Oregon and caused power outages where winds ripped through at up to 75 mph Tuesday, while western Florida residents were preparing for Tropical Storm Keith.
Up to 5 inches of rain was expected over the Florida peninsula. Tropical storm warnings were in effect along the Florida coast from Cape Sable to Cedar Key, and a tropical storm watch was issued on the East Coast up to Savannah, Ga.
An intense low off the British Columbia coast brought wet and windy weather to Washington, Oregon and northern California.
As the storm slammed into the coast, wind gusts reached 75 mph at Tillamook, Ore., 70 mph at Seaside and 69 mph at Newport.
A spokesman for the Central Lincoln Public Utility District said winds knocked a tree down on a power line, cutting off electricity to five small towns. Gary Cockrum said about 3,000 customers were without power intermittently.
More than 4 inches of rain was reported in Shelter Cove, Calif.
A winter storm warning was issued for the Cascade and Olympic mountains of Washington, where up to 12 inches of snow were expected Tuesday afternoon.
In Idaho, snow advisories were in effect with accumulations of 4 to 5 inches expected in the northern and southwest mountains, and 6 to 12 inches forecast for the central and southwest mountains.
Heavier rainfall during the six hours up to 1 p.m. EST included nearly 2 inches at Crescent City, Calif.; an inch at Blue Canyon, Calif.; and two- thirds of an inch at Daytona Beach, Fla.
Sunny skies prevailed from the central and southern Plains across the middle and lower Mississippi Valley into western sections of the Ohio Valley.
Afternoon temperatures were generally in the 40s and 50s with readings in the 60s from southern Texas to southern Mississippi.
Lower temperatures were reported from the Northeast to the Great Lakes, with readings in the 30s and 40s. Dense fog held temperatures in the 20s in South Dakota.
Temperatures around the nation at 2 p.m. EST ranged from 18 degrees at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, to 84 degrees at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The nation’s low Tuesday morning was 0 at Gunnison, Colo.
The forecast for Wednesday called for rain, with snow in higher elevations, from the northern and central Pacific Coast across the northern and central Plateau to Idaho. Scattered rain showers and snow showers in the mountains were expected in Montana and Utah, with snow in Wyoming and scattered snow showers in the mountains of Colorado.
A cold front combined with Tropical Storm Keith was to spread scattered showers and thunderstorms from Florida to sections of Georgia and Alabama. Rain was expected in some parts of the Carolinas and into Virginia. Sunny skies were to prevail from the central and southern Plains across the middle and lower Mississippi Valley and the Ohio Valley to New England.
Highs were forecast in the 30s in Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington. Readings were to reach the 60s and 70s from the Atlantic coastal states across the lower Mississippi Valley, the central and southern Plains, parts of the southern plateau and southern California. The rest of the nation could expect highs in the 40s and 50s.