BEND, OR -- A number of weather related power outages across the state over the weekend caught crews off-guard. Bob Crabley with Pacific Power tells KBND News, "I think the duration and how wideswpread the damage has been was a little surprising. We had lots of areas that were hit at the exact same time, so it definitely stretched our crews."
Pacific Power reports Central Oregon was hardest hit Friday, with several hundred customers without electricity. Thousands lost power across the state, particularly in southern Oregon. Crabley says most outages have been addressed, but they're watching conditions carefully and expect more wind and potential damage, today. "And, we just hope people understand that these conditions are difficult and we're doing the best we can to keep their lights on." Crabley says they try to have power restored within one day, but it's harder to fix single incidents in rural areas.
Central Oregon is under a high wind advisory until 8 p.m., Monday, with wind predicted at 30-40 MPG. Gusts could reach 50 MPH, along with rain showers.