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Power outage disrupts a blustery afternoon

Thousands were left in the dark
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

and Katie Frankowicz

The Daily Astorian

Published on November 13, 2017 4:39PM

Last changed on November 14, 2017 9:51AM

Customers at the Silver Salmon Grille in Astoria wait for the power to come back on Monday afternoon after a power outage left thousands in the dark.

Colin Murphey/The Daily Astorian

Customers at the Silver Salmon Grille in Astoria wait for the power to come back on Monday afternoon after a power outage left thousands in the dark.

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Southbound traffic on the New Youngs Bay Bridge toward Warrenton backed up during a power outage Monday.

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Southbound traffic on the New Youngs Bay Bridge toward Warrenton backed up during a power outage Monday.

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Thousands of North Coast residents lost power for about 45 minutes Monday afternoon due to a transmission issue in the Lewis and Clark area.

Pacific Power estimated that about 28,000 customers were without electricity after the power went out just before 3:30 p.m. Stormy weather or downed trees likely caused the problem.

The National Weather Service had issued a high wind warning for the North Coast. Officials expected winds of up to 45 mph with gusts of up to 75 mph from late Sunday night through 6 p.m. Monday.

During the outage, the Astoria Fire Department responded to the Park Medical office on Exchange Street to assist two people who were stuck in an elevator.

Diane Jackson of Luminari Arts, on Commercial Street in Astoria, waited nearly half an hour before deciding to close the store Monday afternoon.

“No sense sitting around a dark shop,” she said.

In restaurants downtown, servers sat at tables in the dark or used cameras on their phones to navigate.

At the Astoria Library, employees went through the operations manual in the dark building while patrons milled around in the main room, the only place where the light was murky gray and it was possible to see anything.

Police and fire also responded to numerous reports of downed tree limbs and power lines, sometimes requiring officers to conduct traffic control.

A high wind watch issued Tuesday morning warned of similar conditions from 4 p.m. through 4 a.m. Wednesday.



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