Heavy rain, winds knock out power to thousands in metro area

Heavy rain, winds knock out power to thousands in metro area

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Heavy rain, winds knock out power to thousands in metro area

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by KGW.com staff

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Posted on September 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 10:22 AM

PORTLAND – More than 17,000 people were without power as heavy winds downed trees and power lines throughout Portland Saturday.

Wind pushed a tree limb into an electrical transformer near Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and Southeast 20th Avenue contributing to more than 10,000 outages in Portland alone. Traffic signals were out in the area as PGE crews worked to restore power to the area.

Anyone experiencing power outages can check Portland General Electric's outage map or call 503-464-7777 in Portland. For other areas call 877-508-5088.

More: PGE's complete outage list

Twitter user @sorienor tweeted KGW a picture of a tree that fell on two cars at the Fred Meyer in Oak Grove (pictured). Use the hashtag #KGWFall or tweet pictures to @KGWNews of the severe weather.

Weather also caused a large tree to fall on a mobile home in Hillsboro. No one was injured, but the homeowner was displaced.

Rainfall that started Friday and continued Saturday is expected to last through the weekend with two storms drenching Portland and the Willamette Valley with two to four inches of rain.

The Coast Range could see five to six inches of rain, said KGW meteorologist Nick Allard. Up to 10 inches of rain could fall in the Cascades, he said. None of the pass moisture will be snow, he said.

On Saturday, southwest wind gusts may reach 60 mph or higher in exposed areas along the coast, says KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill in his weather blog.  Gusty winds at the beach to 45 mph will continue Sunday.  Valley wind gusts 30-45 mph will be possible Saturday afternoon.

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Allard said low rivers will probably prevent flooding, though gusty winds could drop leaves that clog storm drains.

Those who don't want to risk flood damage, however, can pick up sandbags in Washington County at a number of sites.

The Oregon Dept. of Transportation warned of hazardous driving conditions for the weekend and the beginning of next week.

More: Tips for safe driving in wet, slick road conditions

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