Fierce winds topple trees, sever power
60,000 PGE customers without electricity Saturday afternoon
High winds pummeling the Portland metropolitan area are causing downed trees and extensive power outages.
Portland General Electric reported Saturday afternoon that as many as 60,000 households were without electricity as wind gusts as high as 65 mph hit various parts of Oregon.
As of 5:11 p.m. Saturday, Multnomah County had nearly 22,000 customers without power, while similar outages were affecting 20,000 households in Clackamas County and nearly 13,000 in Washington County.
Other counties served by PGE also had a smattering of outages.
Nearly all of the outages were attributed to the high winds. The National Weather Services had issued a high-wind warning for Saturday afternoon up until 7 p.m.
For more information about outages, visit http://www.portlandgeneral.com/safety_outages/outages/outage_updates/outage_list.aspx.
The high winds felled trees throughout the metro area, including a tree that blocked the right lane of Interstate 84 eastbound, near the Northeast 82nd Avenue exit Saturday afternoon.
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