Portland Metro area under high wind advisory

Portland Metro area under high wind advisory

Credit: Mark Hanrahan

Heavy winds toppled this tree onto a retirement home in Happy Valley on Friday, January 24, 2014.

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by Frank Mungeam, KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

PORTLAND -- The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Wind Advisory for the Greater Portland Metro area through 10 p.m. Friday.

East winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph were forecast. Areas affected by the wind advisory included Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Hillsboro, Portland, Oregon City, Gresham, and Troutdale.

Crews Friday afternoon were still up the mess in Vancouver after high winds knocked over a carport, smashing a car underneath it.

More: High winds knock over Vancouver car port

The NWS warned that high profile vehicles such as motor homes and those towing trailers should be prepared for difficult driving conditions and broken tree limbs could result in localized power outages.

NWS issued a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions for parts of the greater Portland Metro area, including Washington and Columbia Counties.

A Red Flag Warning was also in effect for the Oregon Coast, meaning breezy and dry conditions, a combination which makes for increased fire danger.

A rare winter wildfire erupted Thursday east of Arch Cape at the Oregon coast.

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