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By Brett Rathbun – AccuWeather

Rain, snow and cold air will return to the Northwestern states into Thanksgiving.

A storm system will dive southward along the West Coast into Tuesday before tracking eastward across the Rockies into Thanksgiving Day.

The strength and track of this storm system will determine which locations receive the heaviest snowfall on the cold side of this system.

The amount of moisture available with this system will be much less than the previous storms this month across the Pacific Northwest. While much of the lower elevations will deal with periods of rain through Tuesday, the threat for flash flooding will be low.

Much of the precipitation along the Interstate 5 corridor from Seattle to Portland, Oregon, will be in the form of rain on Tuesday.

A steady snow will blanket the Oregon Cascades. Significant snowfall will also occur across the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho and western Montana as well as the Sierra Nevada.

Continue reading at AccuWeather: Cold Storm to Bring White Thanksgiving to Portions of Western US

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By Brett Rathbun – AccuWeather

Rain, snow and cold air will return to the Northwestern states into Thanksgiving.

A storm system will dive southward along the West Coast into Tuesday before tracking eastward across the Rockies into Thanksgiving Day.

The strength and track of this storm system will determine which locations will receive the heaviest snowfall on the cold side of this system.

The amount of moisture available with this system will be much less than the previous storms this month across the Pacific Northwest. While much of the lower elevations will deal with periods of rain, the threat for flash flooding will be low.

“Snowflakes will mainly just make an appearance in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, on Monday night,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. “The low elevations east of the Cascades have the better opportunity to receive accumulating snow on Tuesday into Wednesday, especially in eastern Oregon.”

Continue reading at AccuWeather: Cold Storm to Bring White Thanksgiving to Portions of Western US

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“It is coming. It is a certainty […] more than ten-thousand will die,” says Fox News anchor Shepard Smith

By Shepard Ambellas – INTELLIHUB

PACIFIC NORTHWEST (INTELLIHUB) — “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast,” a FEMA official told Kathryn Schulz of the New Yorker. “When the next full-margin rupture happens, that region will suffer the worst natural disaster in the history of North America.”, Schulz wrote about an anticipated future mega-quake.

“The worst natural disaster in the history of America is coming […] if I lived right now in the Pacific Northwest I would be considering moving — seriously,” Fox newscaster Shepard Smith warned his audience before going on to explain how a “colossal earthquake and […] tsunami” will likely strike the Pacific Northwest in the not too distant future.

“They [scientists] are all in agreement, it is absolutely coming,” said Smith, “a wall of water […] up to a hundred feet high and up to seven-hundred feet across.

“Houses […] dump-trucks […] schools” will be washed away, “thousands and thousands will not escape.”


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“Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, and Olympia, Salem and Eugene wiped out. Altogether about 7 million people and that’s not including tourists.”

“These massive 9.2 earthquakes […] happen at regular intervals […] on average, according to scientists, about every 240 years.”, said Smith.

The segment, which was based on the New Yorker’s write-up, also featured top Astrophysicist Michio Kaku. Shockingly during the broadcast Kaku explained how the Cascadia Fault has already yielded evidence to “scientists” showing how “we could be long overdue for another big one.”

“In the inundation zone we have 70,000 that have almost no clue as to what could happen.”, said Kaku. Unfortunatly Smith already pointed out that the massive tsunami would likely hit about “fifteen minutes” after the earthquake leaving no time for people to flee.

Kaku also offered some advice, saying, “I would think twice” about living in the Pacific Northwest.”

“In the lifetime of some of our viewers they may see Seattle and Portland destroyed,” warned Kaku.

In preparation for such a disaster “Oregon OEM is urging all Oregonians to participate in the Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill on Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m. It is part of the nation’s largest earthquake drill, and last year more than 390,000 Oregonians participated. Register at http://shakeout.org/oregon/register/ and take steps to make your family safer.” — KTVZ 21

This article first appeared at INTELLIHUB: FEMA Official Warns: “[…] Everything West Of Interstate 5 Will Be Toast”, Massive Natural Disaster Coming

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Shepard Ambellas is the founder, editor-in-chief of Intellihub News and the maker of SHADE the Motion Picture. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook. Shepard also appears on the Travel Channel series America Declassified. You can also listen to him on Coast To Coast AM with hosts, both, George Noory on “Chemtrails” and John B. Wells on the “Alternative Media Special“. Shepard Ambellas has also been featured on the Drudge Report, the largest news website in the entire world, for his provocative coverage of the Bilderberg Group. Shepard is an exclusive weapon of Intellihub.

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By  – AccuWeather

The blast of arctic air spreading across the nation will set the stage for a winter storm to threaten the Northwest later this week.

Frigid air will not only spend this week pouring across the eastern two-thirds of the nation, but will also spill into the Northwest.

What will prove to be the coldest air so far this fall will arrive during the first part of the week, shaving about 10 to 20 degrees off highs from this past weekend.

As the cold air expands southwestward, gusty winds will create even lower AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday.

The winds that funnel through the Columbia Gorge will pick up speed, in a fashion similar to what happens between buildings in a city, and produce gusts of 40 to 60 mph near the western mouth of the gorge Tuesday through early Wednesday.

The strongest winds will whip Troutdale, Oregon, with gusts of 40 to 50 mph expected in Portland.

Such winds could cause tree damage and power outages. Dangerous cross-winds will threaten high-profile vehicles, including those traveling Interstate-84 as it snakes along the Columbia River and the portion of I-5 in the Portland, Oregon, area.

As the winds die down, attention will then turn toward a new Pacific storm due to arrive late in the week.

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While the storm will be far from the strongest to slam the region, the presence of the cold air will set the stage for snow and ice to fall outside of the mountains and create travel hazards.

Current indications point toward an icy mix developing along the I-5 corridor in northern Oregon and southern Washington Wednesday night through Thursday morning.

Portland and Salem, Oregon, lie in this zone and will have to prepare for treacherous travel to unfold and possible power outages.

Farther to the north, snowflakes may make an appearance around Seattle Thursday morning. A northward shift to the storm, however, could spread the ice threat to Seattle.

A band of accumulating snow is also set to create slippery roads across eastern Oregon and southern Idaho Wednesday night through Friday. This includes The Dalles, Bend and Pendleton, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho.

How much snow whitens southeastern Washington will depend on how far north the storm tracks.

Residents of the Northwest should continue to check back with AccuWeather.com as more precise details on this impending winter storm unfold.

Drier weather will return next weekend as the storm heads eastward to cross the remainder of the country. Through Monday of the following week, the storm may lay a swath of snow from the central Plains to the Northeast.

More at AccuWeather: Cold to Set Stage for Wintry Mix in Portland, Seattle

By  – AccuWeather

The blast of arctic air spreading across the nation will set the stage for a winter storm to threaten the Northwest later this week.

Frigid air will not only spend this week pouring across the eastern two-thirds of the nation, but will also spill into the Northwest.

What will prove to be the coldest air so far this fall will arrive during the first part of the week, shaving about 10 to 20 degrees off highs this weekend.

As the cold air oozes in, gusty winds will create even lower AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday.

The winds that funnel through the Columbia Gorge will pick up speed, in a fashion similar to what happens between buildings in a city, and produce gusts of 40 to 60 mph near the western mouth of the gorge Tuesday through early Wednesday.

The strongest winds will whip Troutsdale, Oregon, with gusts of 40 to 50 mph expected in Portland.

Such winds could cause tree damage and power outages. Dangerous cross-winds will threaten high-profile vehicles, including those traveling on Interstate 84.

As the winds die down, attention will then turn toward a new Pacific storm due to arrive late in the week.

RELATED:
Northwest Regional Radar
AccuWeather.com Winter Weather Center
Forecast Temperature Maps

While the storm will be far from the strongest to slam the region, the presence of the cold air will set the stage for snow and ice to fall outside of the mountains and create travel hazards.

Current indications point toward an icy mix developing along the I-5 corridor in northern Oregon and southern Washington Wednesday night through Thursday morning.

Portland and Salem, Oregon, lie in this zone and will have to prepare for treacherous travel to unfold and possible power outages.

Farther to the north, snowflakes may make an appearance around Seattle Thursday morning. A northward shift to the storm, however, could spread the ice threat to Seattle.

A band of accumulating snow is also set to create slippery roads across eastern Oregon and southern Idaho Wednesday night through Friday. This includes Bend and Pendleton, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho.

How much snow whitens southeastern Washington will depend on how far north the storm tracks.

Residents of the Northwest should continue to check back with AccuWeather.com as more precise details on this impending winter storm unfold.

Drier weather will return next weekend as the storm heads eastward to cross the remainder of the country. Through Monday of the following week, the storm may lay a swath of snow from the central Plains to the Northeast.

More continued coverage at AccuWeather: Cold to Set Stage for Wintry Mix in Portland, Seattle

By Jordan Root

Heat-related dangers will be on the rise over the weekend for much of the Northwest as scorching heat settles in.

The sweltering air will target many cities starting Saturday and will likely last into next week.

A few of those cities include Seattle, Washington; Spokane, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Medford, Oregon; and Boise, Idaho.

According to Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark, “the high temperatures expected on Sunday are either some of the hottest of the year so far or are the hottest”.

A ridge of high pressure will continue to build northward over the coming days, setting up a pattern for excessive heat across the Northwest.

High pressure promotes sinking air which compresses and warms. It also acts as a lid, locking in the heat below it.

The weekend will start what will be a lengthy period of extreme heat, known as a heat wave.

As the thermometers climb, so will the heat-related dangers. Folks are urged to take necessary steps in order to cope with the unusual heat.

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Drinking plenty of non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids will help keep your body cool and will prevent heat-related illnesses.

Before heading out, make sure to dress appropriately. Lightweight and light-colored clothing is the best as it reflects heat and sunlight.

Temperatures may rise quickly outside, but the inside of a vehicle can heat up much faster. Never leave children, disabled adults, or pets in parked vehicles. Make it a habit to check the back seat before you exit.

It is also important to regularly check on the elderly and your pets during hot times.

It’s no secret that so far the month of July has been warmer than usual across the region with several cities running well above average in the temperature department.

Since the beginning of July, Seattle and Portland have had only one day with below average high temperatures.

July 1 actually set a daily record for high temperatures in Seattle, reaching 94 F. Records will again be challenged this weekend and next week as hotter air arrives.

Normal temperatures in Portland are around 80 for this time of the year. Temperatures will approach the middle to upper 90s through early next week.

The hot pattern will likely remain through much of next week, extending the heat wave and the dangers associated with it.

According to Clark, most areas will not be able to escape the heat. “Even west of the Cascades, temperatures will spike, reaching the lower to middle 90s along the I-5 corridor. Only the coastal areas will still feel the marine influence.”

While the West sizzles, the East will be the exact opposite. Much cooler air will dive into the Great Lakes and Northeast.

More at AccuWeather: Scorching Summer Heat to Build in Seattle, Portland

By Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

PORTLAND — The Portland Water Bureau issued a ‘boil water alert’ for the entire city and region Friday morning after the city detected E. coli in water samples.

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At a press conference at noon Friday, the Water Bureau Director said this was the largest boil water alert in the city’s history, impacting some 670,000 water users.

The source of the contamination was Mount Tabor Reservoir 1 and 5. The alert includes the City of Portland, but also the cities of Tigard, King City, parts of Gresham and other districts (see below for full list.)

“Until further notice, all Portland Water Bureau customers and those in the affected areas should boil all tap water used for drinking, food preparation, tooth brushing and ice for at least one minute. Ice or any beverages prepared with un-boiled tap water on or after May 20 should be discarded,” the city said.

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“In three separate incidents from May 20 to May 23, repeat water samples confirmed the presence of total coliform and E. coli in routine drinking water samples,” according to the city. 

Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis said the E. coli came from animal fecal matter.  The result on people drinking contaminated water would be diarrhea. Lewis said that he did not believe many people would be impacted.

Officials believed that the issue would be cleared up in 24 hours.

“I have every expectation that we will issue an ‘all clear’ tomorrow,” the Water Bureau Director said.

The tests water in the system about 240 times a month.  Water samples tested positive for E. coli at Mount Tabor Reservoirs 1 and 5, and at the Southeast 2nd Avenue and Salmon Street water sampling station, according to the city.

The city sampled the water on Tuesday. The sample tested positive for E. coli the following day. Continued tests triggered a mandatory alert, officials said.

The Center for Disease Control advises that people should boil tap water even if it is filtered. Most kitchen and other household water filters typically do not remove bacteria or viruses.

Contamination can occur when there is a loss of water pressure, a pipe break, or conditions that expose drinking water to outside elements, the city said.

An investigation into the problem was under way.

For more information, water users can call the Portland Water Bureau Customer Service at 503-823-7770.

The water bureau alerted customers in the entire city of Portland and these areas:

• Burlington Water District

• City of Gresham (North of I-84)

• Lake Grove Water District

• Lorna Portland Water

• Palatine Hill Water District

• Rockwood Water District

• Tigard Water Service Area (including Durham, King City and Bull Mountain)

• Valley View Water District

• West Slope Water District 

The City of Portland Water Bureau provided these answers to common questions:

What’s going on?

A boil water notice means that water from the tap should not be consumed in any form unless it has been brought to a rolling boil for a full minute. This notice is required by the State and Federal government when water quality standards are suspected of being compromised.

What do I do?

All water used for drinking, brushing teeth, gargling, food preparation, rinsing dishes and ice making should be boiled at a full rolling boil for at least 1 minute. Ice or any beverages prepared with un-boiled tap water should be discarded.

Activities that require boiled water:

Washing food served without cooking or baking; adding water to food without cooking/baking; ice making; cleaning food contact surfaces.

Activities that do not require boiled water:

Showering (do not allow water in mouth); baths; laundering, general cleaning, pet watering or bathing, and watering plants.

How will I know when I can stop boiling water?

The boil water notice is in effect until further notification from the Water Bureau.

Will my in-home filtration system or hot water tap work as a substitute?

Filtration systems vary considerably. You should boil the water. A hot water on-demand tap will not kill the bacteria.

I own a restaurant, what do I do?

Restaurants need to observe the boil water order.

Water served to customers must be boiled for at least one minute.

This includes water used for ice making, table water, food preparation, and rinsing dishes.

Tap water combined with dish soap can be used to clean dishes, utensils and cooking ware. Boiled water must be used to rinse and clean kitchen and dining room surfaces.

Call the Multnomah County Health Department (503) 988-3663, extension 24662 for restaurant information. More information will also be available during regular business hours.

This article first appeared on KGW News 8: E. coli found in reservoir, Portland issues largest boil water alert ever