High Wind Watch; Safe Driving Encouraged; Flu Cases; Vax Clinic

High Wind Watch

High winds are expected to whip through the coastal area this evening into tomorrow morning.  The National Weather Service says the potential for winds up to 60 mile per hour can be expected.  Beaches and headlands can expect steady winds from 25 -35 mile per hour with gusts.  High winds could cause downed trees, as well as downed power lines.  Power outages are possible.  High profile vehicles are also potentially in danger and travel could be difficult.  Outdoor loose items, such as holiday decorations should be tied down ore taken in.  the timetable for the winds are from 8pm this evening until 8 am tomorrow.  In addition to the wind the National Weather Service says colder temperatures could cause roads to become icing in areas where the temperature will drop below freezing including portions of highway 126 from Mapleton to Eugene.

Safe Driving Encouraged

There has been a higher than normal number of serious and fatal crashes in Lane County over the past week.  While there has been a trend over the past few years towards more crashes on county roadways, Sergeant Tom Speldrich says the past seven days have been “really rough”.  Over the Thanksgiving holiday deputies responded to two fatal crashes and three more crashes that had serious injuries.  Speldrich says a “mix of speeding, intoxication, and distraction” have contributed to the crashes.  The Sergeant says three key points are important reminders that can help prevent crashes.  Slow down, drive sober, and be aware of winter road conditions.

Flu Cases

Influenza cases are beginning to rise.  Schools and daycare facilities are seeing the largest surge.  There were almost 9000 newly reported cases with the majority of those cases type A with 99%.  Central and southern Oregon have seen over 3000 of those cases with the largest majority of cases centered in the Portland Metro area.  The Oregon Health Authority is still strongly suggesting that individuals get their flu shots.

Vax Clinic

Today and tomorrow at the Florence events Center there will be a COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 1 pm until 6 pm.  There is no registration required.  This is a no-cost clinic and vaccines will be available for all ages and all of the currently approved vaccines will be on hand.  The event is being held by Lane County Public Health with the assistance of the Oregon Health Authority and the City of Florence.