High Winds Knock Down Tree, Causing Power Outage


Winds gusting above 50 miles per hour on Saturday caused a power outage in the Umatilla-Stanfield-Hermiston area that lasted about three hours.

More than 12,600 lost power on the Umatilla Electric Cooperative-Hermiston Energy Services system at 3:14 p.m. after a tree blew into a transmission line northeast of Hermiston.

Power out throughout the area as crews went to work restoring power. The first substation to get back on line was at Juniper Canyon at 5:38 p.m.

By 5:45 p.m., more than 2,000 customers had their power restored. Most of the power was returned by 6:21 p.m. Crestline Avenue in Hermiston and some residents on Minnehaha had their power back on shortly after.

Today’s forecast calls for more wind, but not nearly as powerful. Winds are expected to reach 20-30 mph today.