Wind Storm Blows Through Portland – Strongest Gust at PDX Since 1981

Strong winds knocked down trees and caused power outages in the Portland metro area Thursday.  PDX recorded it’s strong gust in 33 years at 67 miles per hour.  At one point, well over 125,000 PGE customers were without power.  Dozens and dozens of trees and lines were down from Salem to North Portland and Gresham to Hillsboro.  A number of roads were closed and Tri Met MAX lines and buses were delayed.

Sadly, the wind claimed at least one life.  A teenage male was killed when the car he was in was hit by a tree.  The woman driver then smashed into another tree.  He was pronounced dead at the scene and crews closed SW Terwilliger near Castleridge Lane for hours.

The Pac West Building where Alpha Media and KXL are located lost a panel.  One of the metal panels near the top floor flew off and smashed into the window of the Standard Insurance Building next door.  Nobody was hurt in that accident.

A High Wind Warning was in effect until 10 p.m. for the Portland and Vancouver metro areas.

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