Rain, hail, high winds hit Oregon

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Associated Press

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 8:00 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A late summer storm that brought heavy rain, hail and winds gusting as high as 70 miles per hour to parts of Oregon is being blamed for a partial roof collapse at a former Portland auto shop.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/FK7zKS ) that heavy rain was cited in the Thursday night damage at the now-closed business. No one was hurt.

Delta Air Lines spokesman Russell Cason said the airline's Flight 887, carrying 240 passengers from Atlanta to Portland, briefly diverted to Seattle because of Portland-area thunderstorms. It landed in Portland later Thursday night.

Portland International Airport spokesman Steve Johnson said he wasn't aware of any other weather-related issues.

The newspaper says the storm traveled through the state from south to north on Thursday.

The National Weather Service says more than 1 ½ inches of rain fell in an hour northeast of Eugene in the Willamette Valley while hail the size of quarters and winds gusting to 70 mph were reported near the central Oregon city of Sisters.

"Golf ball-sized" hail was reported in Malheur County in southeast Oregon.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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