Thousands without power from high winds

Wind advisory in effect from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday

High winds blew this tree branch onto a van outside the Multnomah County Courthouse, Sept. 11, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
High winds blew this tree branch onto a van outside the Multnomah County Courthouse, Sept. 11, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Portland and Vancouver metro areas on Thursday.

The advisory went into effect at 7 a.m. and will remain active until 10 p.m. Thursday night.

Due to the high winds, low relative humidity and dry conditions, a red flag warning also goes into effect Thursday at 11 a.m., Sept. 11, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Due to the high winds, low relative humidity and dry conditions, a red flag warning also goes into effect Thursday at 11 a.m., Sept. 11, 2014. (KOIN 6)

The KOIN 6 Weather Team said an offshore pattern developed and  intensified Thursday morning. A surface thermal trough along the coast and strong high pressure over eastern Washington and Oregon are expected to produce strong east winds in many areas.

According to KOIN 6 Chief Meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke, some gusts during the day could reach 45 mph in some spots.

Van Dyke said the speeds of the winds, in combination with the fact that trees still have a full set of leaves, could lead to some tree damage as well as power disruptions.

As of 11:50 a.m., about 5,500 PGE customers were without power in Clackamas, Marion, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill counties.

By 7:00 p.m., service was restored to nearly all PGE customers except for nearly 600 in Multnomah County and a little over 60 in Clackamas County.

PGE Live Power Outage Map

A small fire burned in a Southeast Portland tree Sept. 11, 2014. High winds likely broke a limb, which fell onto a power line. (KOIN 6)
A small fire burned in a Southeast Portland tree Sept. 11, 2014. High winds likely broke a limb, which fell onto a power line. (KOIN 6)

One outage occurred after a tree branch snapped and fell onto a power line near SE 37th and Main. A small fire started within the foliage near a home, but Portland firefighters were able to put it out before it caused any significant damage.

Due to the high winds, low relative humidity and dry conditions, a red flag warning also went into effect at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

The warning remains active until Sunday at 8 p.m. and impacts the North Oregon Coast Range, Willamette Valley, Clark County Lowlands of Southwest Washington and the North Oregon Cascades and Foothills.

For a complete look at the forecast for the remainder of the week, head over to the KOIN 6 Weather page here.

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