Wifey B: Ok, had to look it up since it wasn't covered in my history books.
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 October 12, 1962. It is considered the benchmark of extratropical wind storms.
Wind gusts up to 178 mph. Wow.