PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Freezing rain and ice-coated roads have ravaged power lines, roofs, cars, trees, businesses and everything in the region in a major winter storm that continues into Saturday night.
Power outages began early Friday. As of 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Portland General Electric reported about 195,273 customers experiencing outages in 6 counties, with about half of them in Clackamas County.
Pacific Power reported 21,646 customers were powerless as of 10:30 p.m.
At 10:30 p.m., Salem Electric reported about 3,000 customers were without power.
Because of the sheer volume of outages alongside the continuing hazardous conditions, restorations will likely take some time.
If your power goes out, PGE lists the following tips:
- Check surge protectors and all the GFCI outlets in your home to make sure they are working properly.
- Check your circuit breakers and reset any that may have tripped.
- If your entire home is without power or if other homes around you are without power, call PGE to report the outage, either by phone, online or the PGE app. You can also request to get updates and with our outage map, see which areas are being impacted by an outage.
As the winter weather continues more outages could take place. Be sure to take proper precautions and preparations for inclement weather.