Thousands without power after windstorm barrels through Western Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. - Powerful winds pummeled Western Oregon, knocking out power to thousands of cusomters on Monday morning.
Lane Electric Co-operate had nearly 1,200 customers still without power as of 1 p.m. Monday.
The heaviest concentration was in Oakridge, where 483 people - more than 1 in 5 power customers - remained without power.
"Members in the Cottage Grove and along Highway 58 are reporting that there power has gone off," Lane Electric said online. "Initial information is that the Bonneville Power Administration has had some problems with their transmission equipment. No firm information as to the cause or how long it will take BPA to fix the problem."
Power wasn't the only thing disrupted in the area: Wind brought down a tree across Highway 58, blocking traffic for a time Monday morning.
The Eugene Water & Electric Board reported about 300 customers lost power up river after the wind damaged a feeder line at the Leaburg substation.
EWEB also reported a downed wire and damaged transformer on Angels Flight Road.
Approximately 60 Emerald People Utility District customers remained without power at 3:45 p.m., down from a high of approximately 5,000.
“Crews are working to restore power to these remaining scattered outages,” said Patty Jo Angelini, public relations coordinator.
Further south, Pacific Power responded to power outages near Canyonville and Glide.
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