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Wind topples trees into homes and power lines

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Repair crews were kept busy Wednesday as wind snapped trees and tore down power lines around the area.

The wind ripped a large elm tree out of the ground by its roots near the intersection of Vista Avenue and Jackson Street in southwest Portland. The tree brought down several power lines and crashed into Rob Johns' front yard while his wife was in the kitchen.

"She says she heard a big pop," said Johns. "It pulled the electric line out so it popped a box on the corner. Then she heard a big bang against the house."

The tree didn't do any major damage to Johns' home. It knocked out power to part of the neighborhood until crews from Portland General Electric restored electricity.

"Luckily there's nobody hurt and there doesn't seem to be much property damage," said Johns. "It's going to be more expensive to incinerate this old, Dutch elm than anything. We have to have it all chopped up."

In Bethany, a large tree branch crashed into the roof of a home equipped with solar panels. Another tree came down on power lines near an apartment complex in North Portland.

Portland General Electric said during the peak of power outages Wednesday afternoon about 6,000 customers were without electricity.

No injuries were reported.

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