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Wet and windy Tuesday brings headaches to drivers, homeowners

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

It has been a wet and windy Tuesday as a fall storm rolled through the Northwest.

With the heavy rains and blowing winds, commuters faced more accidents on the road and slower drive times, while others were losing power in their homes, or worse.

The Oregon Department of Transportation was alerting drivers around Sandy that eastbound lanes of Highway 26 late Tuesday as trees fell into the road.

A power line went down midday Tuesday in northeast Portland at Northeast 25th Avenue and Northeast Killingsworth Street, blocking traffic.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, thousands of PGE customers were without power around the metro. According to the company’s power outage maps, some of those homes will not have power back until after 8:00 p.m.

While Tuesday was warmer, with temperatures climbing into the mid-50s, the day-long storms began damaging homes early. Homeowner Ed Wikam said he heard a boom at 4:00 a.m., when a tree across the street from his home, fell over, damaging his fence and narrowly avoiding his house.

The dogs were driving us nuts and I opened the window and there it was. I thought I heard a big crash,” he said. “Yeah, I think we’re pretty lucky.  Could’ve been a lot worse, I guess.”

Forecasts are calling for similar weather Wednesday.

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