Power largely restored following high wind storm

High winds caused thousands to lose power on Saturday

This tree fell into this house in Forest Grove, October 15, 2016 (Forest Grove FD via Twitter)
This tree fell into this house in Forest Grove, October 15, 2016 (Forest Grove FD via Twitter)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The tornadoes that hit the Oregon coast on Friday left many people without power, and the system on Saturday causing widespread power outages.

PGE reported more than 70,000 customers had their power affected because of the storm. Around 11 a.m. Sunday, PGE reported around 901 customers total in 6 counties were still without power.  Pacific Power officials said about 51,000 people were affected at one time, but that number had dwindled to 64, with an estimated repair time of 8 a.m.

Crews for both utility companies were on scene trying to get power back as quickly as possible.

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About 500 utility customers in Manzanita remain without power as of 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Officials said about 5500 lost power when the storms hit. Crews from Tillamook PUD worked through the night to restore power to many customers, and their goal is to complete the repairs by the end of the day.

KOIN 6 News Chief Meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke said the Saturday storm will make landfall near Vancouver Island around 5 p.m.

Peak gusts for the coast will be between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.with wind gusts between 60 and 80 mph

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Valley/metro winds will peak from noon to 4 p.m. with some south valley locations feeling the wind pick up as early as 11 a.m. Peak gusts for valley will likely be between 40 to 50 mph.

That’s still enough to cause a few power outages with large limbs coming down and maybe smaller trees as grounds are saturated and trees still have lots of leaves on them keeping them on the heavy side.