High winds scour region as storm system moves in
Gusts in the upper 50- and 60-mph range pummeled the Portland area starting Friday morning, as what the National Weather Service calls "an atmospheric river event" is affecting the region.
Many reports of trees down came in across the Beaverton, Tigard and Tualatin areas and beyond. As of late Friday morning, Portland General Electric reported more than 164,000 customers across seven counties had lost power, with more than 63,000 of those being in Washington County.
The NWS reported that gusts reached 61 mph at the Hillsboro Airport and 56 mph at Portland International Airport. The Oregon Museum of Science & Industry in Southeast Portland measured gusts at 76 mph.
The number of outages in Friday's event topped those of two major windstorms in 2014, the NWS said.
The high winds began to taper off in the afternoon.
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