Take these steps to stay safe during weekend storms

October 14, 2016

The National Weather Service is predicting severe storms in northwest Oregon starting Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15, and lasting through Sunday morning. Storm systems are expected to bring heavy rain in the morning and strong winds beginning at about midday Saturday.

The most severe weather will occur late Saturday afternoon, with hurricane-force winds expected on the Oregon coast and sustained winds of 50 mph in the Willamette Valley. The strong winds could lead to downed trees and significant power outages.

As the storm approaches, take precautions to keep safe.

• Clean storm drains and store away any materials likely to blow away.

• Do not walk or hike in wooded areas and be safe when driving in or near wooded areas. Strong winds are expected to cause downed trees and power lines.

• Use flashlights -- not candles -- if you lose power. During a power outage, remember to protect yourself against the increased threat of carbon monoxide poisoning present in some alternative power sources.

In the event of an emergency, call 911.

Older adults, people with disabilities, veterans and their families also can call the 24-hour ADRC Helpline of Multnomah County at 503.988.3646.