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Rainstorm knocks out power for thousands, and Portland Airport, too

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An airport terminal at Portland International Airport. // Photo courtesy: @RayTerrill An airport terminal at Portland International Airport. // Photo courtesy: @RayTerrill
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Strong winds blew a tree into a substation in northeast Portland, causing a power outage at Portland International Airport on Thursday morning.

The power first went out at 8:30 a.m., and the airport began running on backup emergency generators. Around 9:10 a.m., the airport tweeted that power was restored.

Airport checkpoints and air fields continued to operate during the brief outage. There was a backup at some of the ticket counters, and PDX officials recommended travelers check their flight status with their airline.

The outage in northeast Portland didn't just affect the airport - more than 12,000 Pacific Power customers lost power, too.

Five schools in the Portland Public Schools district were also hit by the outage: Irvington, Alameda, Faubion, Sabin and Vernon. Parents are welcome to pick up their child from school if they're concerned, but school officials said the children are safe.

Power should be back on by 11:30 a.m.

In addition to the problems in northeast Portland, there were about 2,800 Portland General Electric customers who lost power in Clackamas County.

If you see a downed power line, you should stay away and report it by calling 503-464-7777.

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