By Associated Press • 

Series of storms blowing into Oregon on high winds

PORTLAND — The high winds hitting the coast of Oregon and southwest Washington on Thursday morning are leading a series of storms in what forecasters call an atmospheric river.

The National Weather Service says the rain storms will arrive in surges through the weekend with breaks in between. Rainfall totals through Monday could reach 5 to 7 inches on the Oregon coast and Cascades and 2 or 3 inches in the valleys.

The Weather Service says it also will be windy through the weekend.

Forecasters say the storms should end and let the region dry out by the middle of next week.

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