MILWAUKIE, Ore. – A large branch broke loose from a tree in Tuesday morning's wind storm and flew like a javelin into the windshield of a startled driver in Milwaukie.
Jose Migeul Molina Martinez said the branch pierced the windshield of his van and almost hit his front seat passenger in the face.
"I was freaking out," he said. "I saw the trees moving a little bit but then it was coming and in just a few seconds, it was down."
Martinez' friend was not hurt, but they were both certainly shaken by the freak incident.
Their van was traveling along Highway 99 in Milwaukie when the accident happened.
KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard said east winds hit hard Monday night and they will stay fairly strong through Tuesday evening.
“We’ll see gusts in the 60-70 mph range in the typical Columbia River Gorge trouble spots and in East County,” he said. “Expect breezy to windy conditions for the east side of the metro area continuing.”
More wind damage was reported in Troutdale, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie and Sellwood.