Thousands lose power in OR, WA storm

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The street lights in many areas of Oregon and Southwest Washington went out over the Sept. 29, 2013, weekend as a series of storms swept through the region. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 35,000 Oregon and Southwest Washington customers were without power Sunday night from a storm system sweeping across Oregon and Washington since Saturday.

On Sunday the storm even took out the KOIN 6 television signal. That happened shortly before 7:30 p.m. The signal was fully restored within minutes.

Sunday’s storm is expected to knock down trees and additional power lines overnight. The windiest time period in Portland is expected to be between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Gusts of 44 mph have been clocked in Salem, Ore.

A PGE crew works to repair downed power lines during a storm, Sept. 28, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
A PGE crew works to repair downed power lines during a storm, Sept. 28, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

At 8:30 p.m. Sunday, this was the county-by-county PGE power-outage breakdown:

Clackamas 2,264
Marion 5,513
Multnomah 11,009
Washington 5,163
Yamhill 304

By 11 p.m. the numbers had dropped to around 10,000 PGE-wide.

Pacific Power had approximately 2,000 customers in Portland without power as of 11 p.m. Sunday. That’s down from 2,276 customers earlier. In Corvallis approximately 5,880 customers are without power and in Albany approximately 3,360 customers are without power. Pacific Power crews are on site in both Corvallis and Albany, and repairs are underway.

Clark County Public Utilities had 674 outages in the Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek area earlier in the evening. By 11 p.m. those outages had reportedly been repaired, with 31 new outages in the Cascade Park/Orchards area, 108 in Camas/Washougal and 67 in Amboy/Yacolt.

The hardest hit area in Saturday’s storm was Portland, where about 6,000 customers remained without power Saturday night, PGE officials said. At the peak, PGE said more than 26,000 customers were without power. Repair crews were out working over the weekend to try to restore power as quickly as possible.

A PGE crew works to repair downed power lines during a storm, Sept. 28, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
A PGE crews repair downed power lines during a storm, Sept. 28, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

To report a PGE outage, contact:

  • Portland — 503.464.7777
  • Salem — 503.399.7717
  • Outside the Portland area — 800.544.1795

Customers also can report outages and get text updates through PortlandGeneral.com.

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