Gusts of up to 60 mph are expected in the valley on Tuesday

Gusts of up to 60 mph are expected in the valley on Tuesday

This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

High winds continued Tuesday morning as power outages were reported in the Eugene metro area.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory from 2 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts of 45 to 55 mph expected.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service said they expect the strongest winds to be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Some gusts could reach 60 mph in higher terrain.

The Eugene Water & Electric Board said more than 1,040 customers were without power as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Lane Electric Cooperative said at least 1,376 customers in Eugene were without power as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, with the largest outage in downtown Veneta, with more than 950 customers without power.

Unsecured objects and tree limbs could be blown around, and the NWS urged caution when driving, especially high-profile vehicles.

Strong winds will affect the central and southern Willamette Valley, as well as the lower Columbia, greater metropolitan areas of Portland and Vancouver, Washington.

Heavy rain is expectedAs Oregon thaws, heavy rain brings risk of flooding, high winds, ski areas closed

Power providers expected outages with the high winds.

Pacific Power said winds will shift north along the coast overnight with gusty winds likely in the Willamette Valley and Portland area by Tuesday morning.

The company urged residents to check their emergency outage kits, keep mobile devices charged and review family storm preparation plans.

Residents should have the following on hand in the event of a power outage:

  • Flashlights
  • Battery powered radios and clocks
  • Extra batteries
  • Perishable foods
  • Manual can opener
  • Bottled water
  • blankets

Miranda Cyr reports on education for The Register-Guard. You can contact her at [email protected] or find her on Twitter @mirandabcyr.

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