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Strong winds leave hundreds without power in Douglas County

November 23, 2018

About 500 Douglas County residents lost power Thursday before it was eventually restored later that night, according to the Douglas Electric Cooperative.

The outage was first reported around noon when the electric company reported approximately 350 residents in the Melrose, Sutherlin and Oakland areas were without power.

Todd Munsey, the company’s spokesman, said strong winds were likely to blame for the blackout. Wind gusts at the Roseburg Regional Airport reached 25 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

By 2 p.m., Munsey said power had been restored to approximately 350 residents in the Melrose area, but about 130 residents in the Oakland and Yoncalla area still were without power. A few hours later, the 81 residents who had lost power on Hogan Road in Oakland had their power restored, but crews continued to work in the Yoncalla area.

By 5:45 p.m., power had been completely restored.

“I’d like to thank all ... our crews for working safely and our members for their patience and understanding,” Munsey said in a press release.

If someone remains without power, Munsey encouraged them to call 888-420-8826.

“It’s unfortunate that of all days, this is happening on Thanksgiving Day,” Munsey said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and hope everyone is spending quality time with family and friends.”

Last year, residents in the Tyee area lost power as they were getting ready or their Thanksgiving feast. That outage was the result of a tree that reportedly fell onto a power line and knocked out power for about 180 residents.

However, Douglas County residents weren’t the only ones to have their power go out during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday. More than 400 Salem and east Marion County residents lost power, while at least 1,000 lost power in the Portland area, according to various news reports. But none seemed to be as widespread as the outage in Florence, where as many as 4,500 people lost power after heavy rains and strong winds surged inland.

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