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Gorge slammed with 60 mph gusts ahead of storm

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Powerful winds are hitting the Columbia River Gorge ahead of Thursday’s storm, with gusts reaching 60 miles an hour Wednesday afternoon.

A few people could be seen trying to get around outside their cars before trying to get out of the blustery winter weather.

The view from Crown Point showed the Columbia River covered in whitecaps and tree branches blowing around in the gusts.

Vancouver resident Doug Craig said he made the trip out to the Gorge to show off the views to a visiting family member. He did not realize that more than the scenery could blow him away.

“My brother is visiting from Canada, from Windsor, Ontario, and we were just trying to show him some of our beauty without having to tie him down,” he said

Storm conditions are expected to be so bad with snow, wind, freezing rain and ice that officials at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area put out a release asking hikers and trail runners to avoid the gorge on Thursday, saying conditions in the backcountry will just be too dangerous.

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