August storm causes power outages, downed trees

Power lines also came down

A tree went down at SE 50th and Lincoln in Portland, August 29, 2015 (KOIN)
A tree went down at SE 50th and Lincoln in Portland, August 29, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The rare August storm that slammed the metro area Saturday knocked out power to thousands of people and toppled trees and power lines.

A tree came down in Vicki Dalpez’s yard at Southeast 50th and Lincoln. It hit the corner of her house, destroyed her garden and blocked her driveway, but otherwise, she feels very lucky.

“It could’ve been a lot worse. Someone could’ve been killed, really.” Dalpez told KOIN 6 News.

Marine Drive was closed because of downed power lines and trees, August 29, 2015 (KOIN)
Marine Drive was closed because of downed power lines and trees, August 29, 2015 (KOIN)

Marine Drive was closed between 13th and 33rd Avenues and from 148th to 158th Saturday morning because of downed power lines. Officials also responded to a fire on Marine Drive that was related to the downed power lines.

PGE has about 16,000 customers without power, down from 28,000. Most of those are in Multnomah County. Almost all of the outages have been restored In Clark County. At the, peak 3,800 people were without power.

A landslide also closed down part of Highway 211, five miles west of Estacada, according to ODOT.

In Washington, strong winds are being blamed for two deaths in the Seattle area.

The Seattle Times reports a man was killed Saturday when a tree fell on his car in Gig Harbor. A passenger in the vehicle was not hurt.

KIRO-TV reports a 10-year-old girl was killed when she was struck by a tree branch blown off in the wind. She was outside a friend’s apartment in Burien, where she had spent the night.

Powerful gusts toppled trees and knocked out power for at least a quarter-million customers in the Seattle area.

The storm also set records. A wind gust of 43 miles per hour was recorded in Portland. That is the strongest gust ever recorded for the month. Astoria recorded a gust of 62 miles per hour.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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