Winds that pummeled the region last night and today left nearly 97,000 Pacific Power customers in the dark, and the power company reports that about 22,214 customers remain without power Friday afternoon because of down power lines and lines damaged by fallen trees.
No estimate was available for when power will be restored to the remaining customers.
In Jackson County, affected cities included Eagle Point, Gold Hill, Rogue River and White City, according to the Pacific Power website. Grants Pass, Cave Junction, Glendale, Glide, Merlin, Selma, Sunny Valley, Roseburg, Wolf Creek, Williams, Albany, Azalea, Bandon, Brownsville, Sweet Home and Idleyld Park were also affected.
Fallen trees temporarily closed Highway 99 near milepost 12, near Valley of the Rogue State Park outside Rogue River, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation Trip Check website. Farther north, downed power lines across Interstate 5 near Albany closed the freeway. Both roads have since reopened.
Talent saw wind gusts of more than 50 mph, according to Weather Service meteorologist Charles Smith. Medford saw 38 mph gusts, while Ashland had gusts of 33 mph and Grants Pass recorded gusts of 28 mph, Smith said. An 85 mph gust was recorded on Onion Mountain in Josephine County, while gusts of 60 to 85 mph were seen on parts of the coast.
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