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Wicked wind gusts greater than 80 mph pound the Columbia Gorge

Posted: Updated: Jan 2, 2013 06:18 PM

Wicked wind gusts pounded the Columbia River Gorge all day Wednesday.

Gusts hit speeds higher than 80 mph, enticing some people to take a trip out to experience it for themselves.

"We do this every year, but they think I'm crazy," said Ron Keil, who lives in Estacada. "But I'm a science teacher and I love weather, so this is something I look forward to every year."

Keil said he keeps a close eye on the forecast and when the wind speed picks up, he packs up and heads out to the Gorge.

Others experienced it for the first time Wednesday.

"I think it's crazy because I don't feel my face and my ears are about to pop and I'm about to be blown away," said Belen Hernandez, visiting from San Diego.

Those who live in the area said windy days just go with the territory. That's the case even when the power is knocked out, as happened for several hours Wednesday.

"After 40 years, you quit worrying," said longtime Corbett resident Tom Hooker. "There's no reason to worry about it. If it happens, it happens."

The National Weather Service said no hazardous weather is expected Thursday, but there is a chance for some freezing rain or a rain and snow mix in the morning.

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