PORTLAND — Tree trimmers are staying busy after strong winds throughout the metro area on Tuesday caused trees to fall onto power lines, cars and whatever was in their path.
“This is actually number four for us today,” said Jon Poteet with Northwest Tree Service. By early afternoon, he’d already responded to calls in Lake Oswego, Sylvan and Clackamas.
A large Douglas Fir fell onto two cars in Lake Oswego and crushed a Lexus in the parking lot of the Boones Ferry Professional Center. Luckily nobody was inside when the tree blew over.
Trees fell onto McLoughlin Boulevard near the Sellwood Bridge during the morning commute and 99E was closed to remove the debris. In Milwaukie, a large branch crashed onto a van and punctured a hole in the windshield. The driver survived without serious injury.
On the other side of the river, Macadam was closed south of the Sellwood Bridge for a couple of hours after a tree brought down power lines in the afternoon.
As for what’s still to come, KGW’s Nick Allard said the east winds will stay fairly strong through the evening.
“We’ll see gusts in the 60 to 70 m.p.h. range in the Columbia Gorge and expect breezy to windy conditions on the east side to continue,” Allard said.