Winds blow out the lights

DAMIAN MULINIX photo David Bright and one of his sons assess the scene after a large tree fell onto his house on V. St. in Long Beach Monday morning during a storm that featured hurricane force winds.

PENINSULA - Pacific County Emergency Manager Stephanie Fritts reported early Monday afternoon that residents in areas north of 227th Street in Klipsan Beach may be without power for as long as the next 48 hours while crews from the Pacific County PUD No. 2 work to repair a downed transmission line. This is expected to be fixed within 24 hours. Once the transmission line is repaired, all other issues will be addressed.

Fritts encourages Peninsula residents to utilize their three- to seven-day preparedness plans and materials to bear the storm and its effects.

Residents may report their power outages directly to the PUD at the Long Beach office at 9610 Sandridge Road or by calling 642-3191. North county residents can report to the Raymond location at 405 Duryea Street or by calling 360-942-2411. Trees blocking roadways and downed or hazardous power lines should be reported by calling 911. To obtain current road conditions, call 511.

According to Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, wind gusts on the water's edge this morning ranged from 60 miles per hour to 99 miles per hour. Many of the stronger gusts were read between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Monday, but a gust as large as 80 knots was recorded at 7:15 a.m. Throughout Monday afternoon, gusts continued to blow at 50 mph and 60 mph. Hurricane winds are characterized as any over 70 MPH. A captain's port ordered closure of the Columbia River bar to all traffic, giving bar pilots a day off. Officers at the station expected a lift of the bar restriction sometime Tuesday.

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