Wind storm knocks out power in Portland area
In what was the most significant wind storm since 2014, about 100,000 customers lost power as strong winds blew through northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland issued a high wind warning that expired at 4 a.m. Sunday.
By 10:15 p.m. Saturday night, more than 11,200 customers had lost power in Clackamas, Marion, Polk, Washington and Yamhill counties, according to Portland General Electric.
Crews were working as fast as possible to restore electricity throughout Oregon and southwest Washington.
As of 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 6, about 11,400 PGE customers were without power. The number was about 1,200 for Pacific Power and about 2,700 for Clark County PUD. However, Clark County PUD said more than 66,000 customers already had their power back.
Preliminary wind reports show the extent and breadth of the wind storm.
Ryderwood, Washington saw a gust of 84 mph at Abernathy Mountain, elevation 2,000 feet in Cowlitz County at 1 a.m.
A gust of 54 mph was recorded at Portland International Airport and in Aurora, Salem and McMinnville. Astoria and Newport each saw 49 mph winds, with Troutdale clocking one at 48 mph. Tillamook hit 44 mph, Hillsboro 43 mph, Eugene 42 mph, Corvallis 41 mph and Scappoose 39 mph.
The NWS said wind gusts were recorded at 51 mph on the Fremont Bridge shortly after 10:30 p.m.
In the meantime, a Winter Weather Advisory issued by the NWS for the Oregon Cascades and south Washington Cascades continues until midnight. Snowfall accumulation of 8 to 16 inches is possible above 4000 feet and some snow accumulation possible as low as 2,000 feet.
Monday night may see freezing rain for the Hood River area.
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