MEDFORD, Ore. – Powerful winds across the Rogue Valley on Monday were making their presence felt to local homeowners. It also has emergency crews on standby for power outages and downed lines. In some cases, strong wind gusts throughout the day has been like a battering ram near people’s homes.
The wind started earlier this morning, then after sputtering a little bit, it picked up some strong force, which one Medford family felt first-hand. The family said they heard a loud crack outside their window Monday morning, then went out and saw that the wind had snapped a nearby tree and it had fallen onto their fence.
The willow tree was on the property next door and narrowly missed their house by a few feet. The family says the tree was on the city of Medford’s property and now they are trying to figure out how to clean it up, but they said they weren’t surprised the wind was strong enough to take the tree down.
“It was blowing really hard. My wife took the kids to school this morning and the wind was blowing the van sideways a little bit as she was trying to get them to school, and they just go to school right down the street,” said Matthew Farrell.
Medford Fire also says it responds to a number of felled tree limbs and power lines, they want to tell people to stay away from any down lines they may see and to call 911. Pacific Power says it has crews standing by if the wind knocks down any power lines or causes any outages. If you experience a power outage, you are asked to call Pacific Power’s hotline at 1-877-508-5088.