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June 3, 2023

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Gusty winds impact Vancouver metro area

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

A wind advisory issued Thursday by the National Weather Service for Vancouver and the Portland metro area was in effect until 7 a.m. today.

The advisory warned of easterly winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. The strongest wind speeds were expected east of Interstate 205 and in the west hills of the Portland metro area.

“Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down, and a few power outages may result,” the advisory said.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, there were 109 customers without power in Clark County, and power had been recently restored to 4,315 customers, according to Clark Public Utilities outages map. Trees into power lines and equipment issues were listed as causes.

The National Weather Service said people should use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high-profile vehicle, and secure outdoor items.

The advisory also included the cities of Battle Ground, and Hillsboro, Wilsonville, Oregon City, Gresham and Troutdale in Oregon.