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HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- Today has been a reminder that fall and winter are east wind season in the Columbia River Gorge.

The Vista House at Crown Point saw a steady flow of people wanting to experience the wind and try their luck at keeping both feet on the ground.

Peak winds reached 72 miles per hour, while most hours saw sustained winds of 40 mph and gusts of 60 mph.

A 6-year-old boy was injured when a tree branch fell, striking him on the head.

The boy was with a group of people hiking the trail at Latourell Falls.A family friend said they heard cracking branches and starting turning back down the trail when the roughly 4-inch-diameter branch struck the boy.

Emergency responders saw and treated the boy, who was taken for stitches and otherwise said to be okay.

Strong Gorge winds always seem to serve as a tourist attraction. KGW cameras spotted people being blown to their knees today and numerous tree branches littering the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway.

The wind for many is a source of entertainment, but as today proved, it can be dangerous.

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