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Strong Storm Knocks Out Power to Thousands in Oregon Thursday

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A strong storm hit the northwest Thursday morning, knocking out power for more than 10,000 customers, including Portland International Airport.

A microburst of wind is blamed for destroying a barn in Polk County. Heavy rain dumped an average of one-third of an inch in a short period of time.

Steve Pierce is President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. He says the weekend is looking good.

Pierce "Temperatures will rise just a bit to around average from below average. And there are no major storm fronts heading this way anytime soon across Western Oregon. So we're going to get a little bit of a break on Saturday and Sunday. It looks like another system comes in on Monday."

Pierce says storms, followed by calmer weather is more typical of the "neutral" or "la nada" weather year we're experiencing.
 

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