Several thousand in Coos County without power after Friday's high winds
COOS BAY, Ore. -- Several thousand people in Coos County are without power Friday after high winds.
It started early Friday morning with downed trees and power lines needing to be cleared off roadways in certain areas.
In Coos County, Pacific Power says nearly 2,600 customers were affected by the outage.
"We're gaining a few as we get things reconnected and we’re still losing a few as another branch falls here and there,” a spokesperson said. “Unfortunately, sometimes you go back and have to put the same wire up two or three times, but we're hoping to get out there and get the wires back up safely and quickly as possible."
Assuming no new weather issues, officials say they think everyone will have power restored by Saturday afternoon.
Overall Friday, Pacific Power says high winds have affected almost 91,000 people in both northern California and Oregon.
Many areas remain under a high wind warning or advisory with gusts of 60-70 miles per hour in some locations.
People who have lost power are encouraged to follow these power outage safety tips from the Red Cross.
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross have responded to multiple storm-related incidents Friday, including a tree-into-home incident on Merritt Road in Coos Bay that affected two adults, officials said.
During disaster responses, the Red Cross provides resources to help address immediate basic needs of those affected, such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.