Local briefing

Published Jan 12, 2014 at 12:01AM

Wintry winds cause outages

Powerful winds Friday night and Saturday morning dropped trees across power lines in Central Oregon, and utility crews spent the morning scrambling to restore electricity.

Pacific Power spokesman Bob Gravely said there were two separate widespread outages in Bend Saturday morning — one in Northwest Bend and one in the area south of the substation at the intersection of Reed Market Road and Brookswood Boulevard.

More than 1,000 Pacific Power customers were without electricity early in the day, Gravely said. Around 200 were still without power at 1 p.m., he said, with crews anticipating having all customers reconnected by early afternoon.

A Midstate Electric dispatcher said 1,000 to 1,200 customers in southern Deschutes County were without power early Saturday, but all had been restored by early afternoon.

Gravely said he was receiving reports of powerful winds in Lincoln City as of midday Saturday, suggesting more wind could be headed for Central Oregon in the coming days.

National Weather Service forecasts are predicting lighter winds in the immediate future, though all communities in Central Oregon could experience gusts of around 30 mph today and tonight.

— Bulletin staff report