The strongest gusts of this east wind episode have been the past couple of hours. 43 mph at Troutdale Airport, 53 mph up the hill near Mt. Hood CC, and somewhere above 64 in Corbett. The Corbett area appears to be out of power since the sensor stopped reporting around 4pm.
This is a purely “gap” wind event with the high winds confined quite close to the west end of the Columbia River Gorge; the vast majority of the metro area has light or calm wind right now.
PGE says about 2,300 customers out of power in central/eastern Multnomah County right now.
I’ll be headed down to Vista House tomorrow to hopefully get the computer & wind sensor working again; they had a watery mess in the office in October and it’s been offline since that time.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen