BEND, OR -- Central Oregon remains under a high wind warning until 8 p.m. Friday. The strongest gusts, up to 60 mph, are predicted through 2 p.m.
Gusts pushed over a number of trees across the region, Friday morning; some knocking out power. Bend Fire has responded to multiple wind-related incidents, including blown transformers and roads blocked by trees. Officials ask that those venturing outside watch for falling branches and flying debris. Better yet, stay inside until the wind dies down.
Bend Parks and Rec is urging everyone to avoid parks and trails where debris could be hazardous. Trees are down in Drake Park and others. The district will assess damage and clean up affected parks and trails as soon as possible following the storm.
And, the Humane Society of Central Oregon has received calls of fences blown over and pets escaping yards. Lost dogs should be reported to your local shelter immediately. Experts say flying objects and wind gusts can frighten or injure animals; they should be kept inside, if possible.
(above) Photo courtesy: Cricket Daniel, Bend
(below) Photo courtesy: Rod Porsche, Downtown Bend Business Association