- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Strong winds downed trees and power lines, cutting electricity to thousands of homes in the Portland metro area and other parts of Oregon, officials said Saturday.

About 28,000 customers lost power in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties, Portland General Electric said.

Another 12,000 customers lost power in Marion County.

A high wind warning issued by the National Weather Service remained in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday. Wind gusts could reach 60 mph.

Oregon locations covered by the warning included Portland, Hillsboro, Oregon City, Salem and McMillville, as well as Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal in Washington state. The warning also covered the Oregon Coast.

Officials said people and their pets should stay at least 30 feet from downed power lines.

If a power line falls on a vehicle with people still inside, they should remain in the car as it may be energized.



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