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Windstorm topples trees, cuts power in Bend, Oregon

December 19, 2017

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Strong winds battered Bend, leaving many homes and businesses without power.

KTVZ reports wind gusts exceeded 40 mph Tuesday, and northeast Bend appeared to be the hardest-hit area.

Police, fire crews and utility workers scrambled to block streets that had downed trees and power poles. One tree toppled onto a house and another snapped near its base, narrowly missing a car. Downed lines sparked a small brushfire.

There were no reports of injuries.

Pacific Power reported around 1 p.m. that nearly 1,900 customers had lost power on Bend’s north side, with scattered outages elsewhere.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory through 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/

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