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  • 21 Dec 2014

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Winds cause problems throughout region

Roads closed, MAX disrupted, Christmas Ships delayed

Photo Credit: KOIN LOCAL NEWS - Wind gust are expected to continue up the Willamette Valley this afternoon.The powerful wind storm that moved into the region Thursday caused many problems through the afternoon rush hour.

Power was out already to thousands of PGE customers by 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon as meteorologists warned locals to batten down the hatches. Other problems included the closure of Northwest Newberry Road between Highway 30 and Northwest Skyline Boulevard because of downed power lines and trees. The high winds also caused system-wide delays for TriMet. The roof collapse happened at The Zenabe Court Apartments, which is at the intersection of Northwest 20th and Irving. And four windows in an upper level of the Portland Standard building were blown out, possibly damaging the PacWest building across the street.

Leaders of the Christmas Ships also determined that unsafe conditions will exist during the start time of the Willamette River Parade that was scheduled to run through Milwaukie tonight, so the parade will not run this evening. This is only for Thursday, Dec. 11. Both the Willamette and Columbia River parades will resume their regular schedule Friday, Dec. 12.

KOIN 6’s Kristen Van Dyke and Steve Pierce are tracking stronger winds rolling into the metro area this afternoon and evening. Latest observations show winds have already gusted between 45-55 mph from Eugene north to Corvallis. This storm looks very similar to the storm that hit the area on Saturday, Oct. 25, when winds gusted to as high as 45-55 mph at many locations across the valley. This will be a quick-hitting wind storm that should exit the area by this evening. Expect downed trees and power outages that may disrupt the evening commute.

During the Dec. 14 storm of 2006, gusts between 55-60 mph were widespread across the entire Willamette Valley. That caused more than 200,000 customers to lose power. By comparison, winds of 45-50 mph like on Oct. 25 caused 75,000 customers to lose power. This storm will likely fall somewhere in the middle of the two.

KOIN 6 News contributed to this story.Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO - Wind gusts knocked down several trees in the area, including this one in front of Mountain View Middle School in Beaverton. Branches blocked the sidewalk, but traffic was able to continue through the area along Southwest Farmington Road.

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