Thousands remain without power after western Oregon wind storm

EWEB and other western Oregon utilities responded to a slew of power outages Friday after a wind storm toppled trees and downed branches. Photo courtesy EWEB

EUGENE, Ore. – Thousands of western Oregon residents are still without power Friday night after a wind storm blew through the area earlier in the day.

As of 8:30 p.m. Friday, Eugene Water & Electric Board said about 2,000 customers in Eugene and a few hundred more east of Thurston remained without power. They said about 6,200 customers were without power at the height of the outage.

“While not as extensive as the recent ice storm, this is the largest wind-related outage experienced since February 2002,” EWEB said in a press release.

EWEB said it will follow a “hierarchy of repair.” Crews will work to restore power focusing on areas with the greatest number of customers affected.

They’re focusing on neighborhoods along the Lorane Highway, River Road and Coburg Road areas.

“We hope to have the bigger outages restored tonight so that Saturday, we are just working on single service restorations,” said EWEB incident commander Mark Hankins.

EWEB asks customers with restored power to turn their porch lights on so they know which homes are still without service.

As of 4:42 p.m., Emerald People’s Utility District said approximately 1,500 customers were without power. That’s down from 6,000 at the start of Friday’s outage.

As of 8 p.m., Lane Electric Co-op’s website showed hundreds are without power.

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