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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY IN 1962

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October 12th, 1962 saw landfall of Tropical Storm Freda on
to the Pacific Coast. The center of what was to become known
as the Columbus Day Storm paralleled the Northern California,
Oregon and Washington Coast a mere 50 miles away from
shore before it dissipated over Vancouver Island on October
17th, 1962.

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Portland City Hall

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MANY WOULD LIKE TO FORGET THIS DAY

Pamplin Media Group - How I survived the Columbus Day Storm

A Deadly Wind': Former reporter tells survior stories from the Oct. 12, 1962 Columbus Day storm - Entertainment & Life - The Register-Guard - Eugene, OR

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev speaking at the UN Assembly in 1960.

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IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN 1962 ~

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The Columbus Day Storm of 1962 (also known as the Big Blow, and originally as Typhoon Freda) was a Pacific Northwest windstorm
that struck the West Coast of Canada and the Pacific Northwest
coast of the United States on Friday October 12, 1962. 
    
 

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Scoreboard at Gresham High School in Gresham, Oregon.

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A car flattened by a brick wall at NW 3rd and Everett St. in Portland, Oregon.

Peak gusts during Columbus Day Storm

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THE MOTHER OF ALL WINDSTORMS!

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The Columbus Day Storm system brought strong winds to the Pacific Northwest
and southwest Canada. It was linked to 46 fatalities in the northwest and
Northern California resulting from heavy rains and mudslides.

Radio and TV broadcasting was affected in the Portland, Oregon area with
downed transmission towers and loss of equipment.

The entire power distribution system had to be rebuilt from the ground up
in much of the area. Some locations did not have power restored for several
weeks.

The Oregon Capitol grounds at Salem, and the state’s college campuses,
resembled battlefields with heavy losses of trees.

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