PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Update 7:30 PM — The strongest wind gust in 33 years ripped through the Portland area Thursday, first with a 62 mph gust (strongest since December 12th 1995) in the 4 PM hour, followed by a 67 mph gust in the 5 PM hour — the strongest wind at the Portland airport since November 14th 1981 when a gust to 71 MPH was recorded at PDX.
The KOIN 6 weather team saw the potential for this storm as early as last Sunday. They closely tracked the storm throughout the week and forecast today’s strong winds would hit in the afternoon hours. As of Thursday evening things were beginning to calm down. Here is a look at some of the strongest wind gusts across the metro area today.
Early estimates were that more than 125,000 customers in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington lost power at the peak of the storm. This number is likely to change. This was the most significant in terms of power losses since December 14th 2006 when another powerful storm ripped through the Pacific Northwest and cut power to more than 250,000 customers.
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