Wind brings down trees, powerlines in Portland


A wind advisory is in effect through 7 p.m. Tuesday

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Strong wind in the Portland metro area has knocked down several trees, causing power outages Tuesday morning.

More than 1,000 Portland General Electric customers lost power, many due to trees on power lines. PGE said crews would be working to restore power as soon as the wind dies down enough.

A tree went down on Southwest Capitol Highway and Southwest Texas Street, taking a power line with it. Portland Fire and Rescue said someone reported that it fell on their car, but the driver was gone when a crew arrived.

Another tree went down on Southwest Humphrey Boulevard and is leaning on a power line. The road is closed in both directions and two school buses were stuck.

There is a moderate wind advisory in effect through 7 p.m. Tuesday in the greater Portland and Vancouver areas. That means winds from 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 40-50 miles per hour.

Wind chill will make temperatures in the 40s feel closer to freezing. The wind draws heat from your exposed body, making it feel colder — so wear bundle up with a hat and gloves to stay warm.

This is the first real wind chill event so far this fall, making Tuesday an uncomfortably chilly day.

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