Unusual Unnamed January Hurricane Slams Central Oregon Coast..Sinkhole on 101

via OregonLive.com:

“LINCOLN CITY — A Pacific storm packing hurricane-force winds battered the central Oregon Coast on Wednesday, arriving with a howl of wind and lashing rains around 4 a.m.

Wind gusts as high as 110 mph in some areas uprooted trees, brought down power lines and forced the closure of several main highways connecting the coast and the Willamette Valley.”


NEWPORT, Ore. — A sinkhole was developing on Highway 101 near Newport, according to Oregon State Police.

The potential sinkhole is located near milepost 144.  Drivers were warned to expect delays in the area, as Highway 101 is down to one lane of traffic.


more from google news:


Oregon Highway Conditions as of Jan. 20 2012 approx 1 pm pst.

ODOT updates the status of Oregon highways

ODOT: Oregon Highway Status Report: 11:30a 1/20/2012
You must carry chains with you in ALL mountain passes; please be prepared to use them.
Be alert for fallen trees, debris, mudflows and landslides; be prepared for delays and road closures.
Portland metro area
* I-5 (Pacific Highway) northbound right lane at exit 299A CLOSED and exit ramp closed due to landslide on exit ramp
* OR 43 (Oswego Highway; SW Macadam Ave.) Right southbound lane CLOSED due to sinkhole
* OR 281 (Hood River Highway) CLOSED between Hood River and Odell (mp 10—14) due to downed trees and power lines
North/Central coast, Central Willamette Valley
* U.S. 101 remains RESTRICTED to single lane 4.5 miles south of Newport; flaggers controlling traffic
* OR 18 (Salmon River Hwy) RESTRICTED to single lane intermittently through the Van Duzer Corridor (MP 6.5-21); expect intermittent 10-20-minute delays
* OR 34 (Alsea Highway) CLOSED east and west of Alsea (mp 22 and 44) due to landslides
* OR 36 (Mapleton-Junction City Highway) CLOSED west of Triangle (mp 25) due to a landslide; no estimate on reopening
* OR 99W RESTRICTED to one lane at the OR 34 South Bypass (mp 84.95), due to high water; semi-trucks only are being allowed through; detour in place
* OR 126 (McKenzie Highway) CLOSED between Vida and Blue River due to landslide; no estimate for reopening
* OR 153 (Bellevue-Amity Highway) CLOSED due to high water; no detour
* OR 180 (Eddyville-Blodgett Hwy) CLOSED at milepost 7 due to landslide
* OR 213 CLOSED one mile north of Marquam in Clackamas County due to road erosion; short detour; no estimate for reopening
* OR 229 (Siletz Hwy) CLOSED between mileposts 9 and 15 due to high water
Southern Oregon
* OR 38 will reopen this afternoon; expect minor delays
* OR 241 (Coos River Highway) will reopen this afternoon
* OR 255 (Carpenterville Highway) remains CLOSED; detour in place; expect 10-15-minute delays
Central Oregon All state highways OPEN; chains required on all vehicles on I-84 east of The Dalles
Eastern Oregon All state highways OPEN; extremely icy conditions in Umatilla and Morrow County area. Chains required on all vehicles on I-84 east of The Dalles to Pendleton, and on I-82, OR 11 and OR 204 in Umatilla County


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