Northwestern United States Hit By Atmospheric River, Kills Two
The United States Hit by Atmospheric River, experiencing up to 8 inches (20 cm) of rain across the region, anticipates the storm’s continuation into Wednesday evening before dissipating with the arrival of a cold front.
According to officials, an atmospheric river has wreaked havoc on the Northwestern United States for a third consecutive day, resulting in swollen rivers reaching perilous levels, road and rail closures, and the possible loss of two lives in floodwaters.
While the rain has provided relief to the drought-stricken states of Washington and Oregon, which had missed the historic rainfall in California a year ago, much of these regions still grapple with severe or moderate drought conditions, as per the U.S. Drought Monitor.
“We’re currently in the midst of the event (Tuesday afternoon) and can anticipate another 24 to 36 hours of heavy rain across portions of Oregon and into North California,” stated Rich Otto, a meteorologist from the Weather Prediction Center.
In Washington County, near Portland, Oregon, authorities discovered the body of an unidentified adult male entangled in tree branches within Bronson Creek. The cause of death is yet to be determined, with no signs of physical injury found during the initial investigation.
On Monday, another man was presumed drowned in Portland after being carried downstream by fast-moving waters in Johnson Creek, as reported by KOIN television. Dangerous conditions compelled rescue crews to suspend their search for the body.
Flood watches are in place until late Wednesday for Oregon’s Pacific coast counties, warning of multiple river floods, road closures, and stressed wastewater and stormwater systems. The United States hit by atmospheric river, the Grays River in Washington and the Wilson River in Oregon have reached hazardous levels.
Passenger trains between Portland and Seattle were cancelled until Thursday morning due to a landslide north of Vancouver, Washington. At the same time, BNSF Railway reported freight trains continuing through the area as Amtrak passenger service remained suspended.
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