Thousands without power as winds pick up in Portland area – OregonLive.com
Windy, wet weather has knocked out power Saturday morning to hundreds of homes.
Portland General Electric says crews are working to restore electricity to more than 16,000 customers in the tri-county area. Earlier, more than 22,000 had been without power.
Many of those customers are located in Southeast Portland, mainly in the Sellwood, Brooklyn and Woodstock neighborhoods. Widespread outages are also reported in North Portland.
Those without power included Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, who lives in Eastmoreland.
In east Multnomah County, power outages affected more than 3,800 in Gresham and 2,200 in neighboring Fairview.
Power is also out across significant swaths of Clackamas County; roughly 700 Oregon City customers have no power. A tree fell on a power line southwest of Canby, zapping power to 160.
The effects in Washington were even more severe, with two dead in the Puget Sound area. KING-TV reported a 10-year-old girl playing outside in Federal Way died when a branch fell on her. Near Gig Harbor, a man driving home from Costco with his 3-year-old daughter died when a tree fell on his car. The girl was uninjured.
The windy weather delayed flights in Seattle, which in turn affected flights in and out of Portland. Planes coming or going from PDX had an average delay of 38 minutes on Saturday afternoon, and Alaska Airlines cancelled two early evening flights between Portland and Seattle.
Wind and rain could pose a major challenge for electric crews into Sunday. The National Weather Service says another cold front will move across northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington overnight, with showers continuing for another day. Winds will be particularly strong at the coast, up to 40 miles per hour, with a chance of more thunder.
— Oregonian reporter Mike Rogoway contributed to this report.
— Molly Young