PORTLAND, Ore. — NEW STORY: See the latest updates on power outages here
Severe winter weather conditions have blown through the Portland metro area, Columbia River Gorge, Willamette Valley and Southwest Washington this week. As with any significant storm, there have been power outages reported throughout the region.
As of 9 p.m. Sunday, Portland General Electric was reporting about 240,000 customers were without power. Pacific Power said it was aware of over 2,000 people who were without power in the Portland area and were working to restore it as soon as possible.
At least 4,000 PGE power lines have been brought down by ice and tree limbs.
Officials said it could take crews through the weekend and possibly longer to restore power in some areas. PGE said 120 crews are working on Sunday. Crews will be working around the clock as long as it is safe.
An Ice Storm Warning has been issued for the Portland and Vancouver areas from Sunday afternoon through 6 a.m. Monday. Freezing rain is expected and could cause even more downed trees and power outages.
Below you can find links to power providers in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. Each link will show an outage map that includes how many outages there are, how many customers are affected and when power may be restored.
Check your power status:
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For those without power, PGE offers the following tips:
- Use caution with alternative light and heating sources to avoid unintentional fire from candles, harmful fumes from kerosene heaters used indoors without proper ventilation or deadly carbon monoxide from use of charcoal briquettes indoors.
- Lock in home heat by tacking blankets over windows and doorways to keep the cold out and putting rolled towels at the bottom of doors to keep drafts out.
- Save body heat by wearing loose layers of clothing to trap body heat; wearing a hat, even when sleeping; moving periodically to generate body heat and using blankets and a hot water bottle if feasible.
- If you can safely do so, consider staying with a friend or family member who has power.
- If you’re concerned for yourself, a family member or neighbor, consider finding another location with power.
- If you need emergency shelter or have other needs related to cold weather, please call 911. For customers whose power is out, please contact PGE if you haven’t already.