Wind knocks down trees, causes power outages in Portland area

Wind knocks down trees, causes power outages in Portland area
A downed tree crushed a car on Edison Street in Hillsboro Wednesday. (KATU photo).

PORTLAND, Ore. – Strong winds swept through the Portland area Wednesday, knocking down trees, causing power outages and even starting a fire.

One tree fell on a parked car on Edison Street in Hillsboro, crushing the car and blocking the street. The tree also hit a power line and crews had to replace it.

Unlike the power, the car’s owner says her vehicle will not be up and running any time soon.

“It’s about 21 or 22 years old. And it’s been my mother’s car and it’s been passed down to me and I kept it obviously, and so it’s sad to think that it’s over,” said Beth Dehn.

“It was a big ugly car and I loved it.”

In North Portland, a tree was blown down near Heron Lakes Golf Course. The tree started a fire when it pulled power lines down with it.

The fire was one of four small fires around the area today. The dry weather and high winds increase the fire danger, firefighters said.

Several thousand people lost power in Portland during the day.

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