PORTLAND -- The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Wind Advisory for the Greater Portland Metro area through 10 p.m. Friday.
East winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph were forecast. Areas affected by the wind advisory included Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Hillsboro, Portland, Oregon City, Gresham, and Troutdale.
In Happy Valley, a tree crashed down on a retirement home (pictured, above). Crews in Vancouver Friday afternoon were still cleaning up the mess after high winds knocked over a carport, smashing a car underneath it. No injuries were reported in either case.
The NWS warned that broken tree limbs could result in localized power outages and high profile vehicles, such as motor homes and those towing trailers, should be prepared for difficult driving conditions.
Truck drivers out along the Columbia River Gorge told KGWgusts have been moving their trucks from side to side. They advised other drivers to pass semi-trucks or stay behind them, but to avoid driving next to them.
NWSissued a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions for parts of the greater Portland Metro area, including Washington and Columbia Counties.
A Red Flag Warning was also in effect for the Oregon Coast, meaning breezy and dry conditions, a combination which makes for increased fire danger.
A rare winter wildfire erupted Thursday east of Arch Cape at the Oregon coast.