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Weekly wrap-up: Powerful typhoons barrel through West Pacific; Eastern US sizzles during record warmth

Damaging storms pounded the Pacific Northwest, while two powerful typhoons struck the Philippines within a four-day span this week.

In a rare occurrence for Oregon, two tornadoes struck along the state's coast on Oct. 14. The National Weather Service in Portland said the last time there were two tornadoes in the same day in northwest Oregon was Nov. 12, 1991, when three tornadoes were spotted.

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An EF2 tornado brought damage to over 120 homes in Manzanita. The tornado first began as a waterspout over the Pacific Ocean and moved onshore with maximum winds of 125-130 mph.

The storms left thousands without power, and toppled trees that caused damage to homes and vehicles. In Chelan, Washington, at least two homes were damaged by mudslides, according to the Chelan County Sheriff's Office. There were no reports of major injuries or fatalities due to the storms.

Waves batter a seawall as water hits adjacent homes Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

After record heat in the northeastern U.S. early in the week, up to 8 inches of rain created chaos in parts of the region on Thursday and Friday.

Milesburg, Pennsylvania, about 10 miles north of State College, was declared a disaster area after roughly 6 inches of rain fell in less than 12 hours. Multiple water rescues were reported. Emergency officials opened up a shelter at a nearby high school.

Flooding was reported in Clearfield, Pa., on Thursday. (Photo/Jason Nicholls)

The heavy rain triggered a mudslide near an Interstate 80 exit ramp in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. Multiple roads were closed due to flooding in State College on Thursday night.

In northern Pennsylvania, nearly 8 inches of rain fell in New Albany.

Two powerful typhoons churned in the West Pacific and took aim at the Philippines this week.

Typhoon Sarika was responsible for at least two fatalities in the northern Philippines, the Associated Press reported. The storm later made a second landfall in China before moving into Vietnam.

As Vietnam prepared for damaging effects from Sarika, the beleaguered nation was already dealing with deadly flooding unrelated to the typhoon. At least 31 people were killed in the central part of the country, the AP reported.

On the heels of Sarika was Haima, which became a super typhoon on Tuesday. While the storm later weakened to the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday, it still slammed the Philippines with destructive winds and heavy rains when it made landfall Wednesday night local time.

Haima is being blamed for at least seven deaths in the country, including four as the result of landslides. The AP reported that nearly 100,000 people fled to safer areas before the storm made landfall.

Several AccuWeather meteorologists and staff writers contributed content to this article.


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