Today’s low pressure center moved inland a little farther north than expected. That means gusty south and southwest wind that we expected to stay from Salem south has moved up here into the Portland Metro area. Peak gusts have been in the 30-40 mph range; quite healthy for May!
As a result of falling limbs and a few trees, the number of power outages has spiked over the past hour…reaching around 10,000 PGE customers. As of 3:30pm most of those are in Multnomah County, out in the East Portland and Gresham areas.
The wind has just about peaked and will drop off quickly after 5pm. Strong west wind develops through the Columbia River Gorge and the east slopes of the Cascades the next few hours though…that is part of the forecast that’s turning out right though.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen