PORTLAND, Oregon — A November storm struck northwest Oregon on Thursday morning, knocking out power in some parts of Portland and blowing down a barn in Polk County.
The National Weather Service said a microburst was likely responsible for destroying the barn southeast of Dallas. No one was injured.
KGW-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1aupQNX ) a microburst is less powerful than a tornado and consists of winds that shoot straight down, rather than rotate.
An estimated 12,000 customers lost power in north Portland. Concordia College and five local schools were closed temporarily. About 3,000 customers lost power in Clackamas County.
Portland International Airport reported it was running on backup power.
A downed tree and power line along Highway 30 near Astoria in Clatsop County caused the crash of an SUV and temporarily closed the road.
Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/