High winds cut power to thousands in Pacific Northwest

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Winds gusting at hurricane force in some places left more than 125,000 customers without electricity across the Pacific Northwest.

Monday's winds were so strong, they blew the roof off an Oregon firehouse.

Winds higher than 70 miles-an-hour blew trees and branches onto power lines and cut electricity to roughly 85,000 customers in Washington, mostly in the western part of the state.

In Oregon, more than 43,000 customers lost power.

Fog, rain and sleet led rescue teams to suspend intensive efforts to find a University of Oregon mathematics professor believed to be missing in the foothills of the Cascade Range. He was last seen November 4th.

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