Winds knock out power to thousands in W. Oregon
Monday, March 12, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Powerful winds have ripped trees from the ground and toppled power lines across much of western Oregon, knocking out power to about 50,000 customers at the height of the storm.
The winds calmed by Monday night, but the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory, saying snow was possible through early Tuesday in cities on the north and central Oregon coast.
The storm produced a wind gust clocked at 87 mph at Pacific City on the Oregon coast while Salem Airport recorded a gust of 56 mph and Portland's airport recorded 48 mph.
Falling trees reportedly damaged multiple cars and houses in Salem. No injuries were reported.
Utility spokesmen say power has been restored to most customers.