Possible Power Outages In Oregon Have Been Announced In Advance Of A Predicted Wind Event

Authorities in Oregon are warning residents that there may be power outages later this week due to the anticipated extremely high fire threat on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, Sept. 9, the risk of fire is predicted to increase beginning around midday when northeasterly winds intensify throughout the area. As of Wednesday afternoon, some residents of Oregon and Southwest Washington will be under a red flag warning while others will be under a fire weather watch.

The likelihood of wind events on Friday and Saturday is higher.

Customers of Portland General Electric and Pacific Power were warned that there might be power outages as a result of the elevated fire hazard.

According to Drew Hanson with Pacific Power, “(Wind) has the potential to blow objects into powerlines, which can subsequently generate a spark.” “We’re able to follow the weather interactions over that terrain and how they interact with our system and then know where the high-risk spots are,” said the researcher.

According to Pacific Power, the winds will cause power outages for about 12,000 customers in Linn, Douglas, Lincoln, Tillamook, Marion, and Polk counties, particularly in the following locations: Stayton east through the Santiam Canyon, Lebanon, Sweet Home, Lincoln City, and Glide east along the Umpqua Highway.

In the affected towns, Pacific Power said it will open community resource centers. People can go there, have access to air conditioning, charge their gadgets, and there will also be some additional conveniences, according to Hanson.

Portland General Electric reports that it is “probable” that on Friday and Saturday, they would turn off the electricity in 10 high-risk regions, affecting about 30,000 customers. The business stated in a news release on Wednesday that it would only use this power shutoff in an emergency.

The West Hills, Tualatin Mountains, North West Hills, Central West Hills, Oregon City, Estacada, Mt. Hood Corridor/foothills, Columbia River Gorge, Scotts Mills, and the Southern West Hills are among the high-risk regions listed by PGE.

PGE stated that they plan to give up to four hours’ notice before turning off the electricity if the situation persists. After an unruly passenger shouted and climbed over seats, the Portland flight was redirected.

Possible Power Outages In Oregon Have Been Announced In Advance Of A Predicted Wind Event
Possible Power Outages In Oregon Have Been Announced In Advance Of A Predicted Wind Event

Make a plan now in case of power outages if you require electricity for a medical reason, Multnomah County officials advised in a tweet on Wednesday.

Establishing a plan is advised for residents, including making a list of emergency contacts, assembling an emergency kit, checking that batteries are completely charged or having a generator, having a backup for prolonged outages, and planning your transportation in case you have to leave your home.

Multnomah County officials advise residents to stock up on food and water for up to 72 hours, a battery-operated light, emergency medical supplies, equipment, and assistive devices with their contact information, as well as fresh batteries and power banks. They also advise residents to remember their pets.

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