At 9am over 130,000 PGE customers are out of power and trees are down all over the place.
This is the type of storm where gusts will come and go. It might even be calm for a half hour, then a shower goes through and you get a gust to 50 mph. In general the wind dies down after the noon hour.
Here at the peak gusts so far in mph..some weather stations (Hillsboro & Chehalem Mtn so far) have stopped reporting due to power outages:
Portland: 56 (official gust at airport)
Forest Grove: 53
Chehalem Mtn. 73
Now here’s the tricky one…there is a reliable weather station in the West Hills near Council Crest. Typically in the past the observations have been just fine. Yet it has recorded several gusts from 80-98 mph the past two hours. It may be on a tower and if so those speeds are possible. And Chehalem Mtn. gusted to 73 before the power went out so one would assume it went higher up there too. Interesting eh???
After noon the wind should die down quite a bit.
The pic below is from Nadine in the Bull Mountain/Tigard area:
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen