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NEHALEM, Ore. -- A tree fell on an elk hunter during severe storm conditions near Nehalem Monday morning, killing the man.

Emergency responders found his body in a tent along God's Valley Road at around 7 a.m. Firefighters said the forest was so thick that they had to cut their way into and out of the emergency scene.

Two hunters in an adjacent camp heard the tree snap and saw it lying across the tent. They cut it away in an attempt to rescue the man, but could not save him, according to Perry Sherbaugh of Nehalem Bay Fire &Rescue said

The victim was identified as Nathan Christensen, 52, of Seattle.

Sherbaugh said the other hunters in the man's party had left as the storm approached. He had been hunting with family members and friends.

The Tillamook County Sheriff's Office was also investigating the incident.

Sherbaugh added that people need to be especially aware of their surroundings during a powerful storm like this one.

Wind gusts of more than 70 mph have been reported all along the coast. Toppled trees have caused sporadic road closures and power outages, and one fell on a Seaside fire truck.

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