High winds blow fountain's water sideways
Wednesday's wind forecast talked about gusts possibly reaching 40 to 60 mph. Shortly after lunch, the wind did begin to build, pushing dust clouds ahead of it, and causing people outside to grab at their hats. A fire at Prineville Sawmill, owned by the Woodard Corp., spread during the heaviest gusting and destroyed a couple log decks. Downtown one of the biggest indicators of wind speed was the wet sidewalk on the corner of N. Main and Fifth streets. Water from the fountain outside The Panda Restaurant blew almost horizontal at times, wetting the sidewalk and even sprinkling the sides of passing cars. Unofficially, Tacoma, Washington, recorded the highest wind speed at 50 mph. The wind gauge at the Central Oregonian marked a high of 31.3 mph.