Extreme winds cause thousands of power outages

Josephine County, Ore. — Widespread power outages have been causing problems throughout Oregon and northern California. Locally, the outages mainly impacted areas between Gold Hill and Roseburg.

“Late last night and early this morning, we experienced some extreme weather – some high winds and a lot of tree-related outages. At a peak, we had 91,000 outages in the Oregon and northern California service territory,” said Monte Mendenhall, regional business manager for Pacific Power.

Both Grants Pass School District 7 and Rogue River School District had to cancel classes Friday.

NBC5 News Reporter and Weather Forecaster Nikki Torres graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Strategic Communication from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

She also received a minor in Business Administration from the Washington State University Carson College of Business. Prior to coming to NBC5, Nikki was an intern at KHQ Local News, the NBC affiliate in Spokane.

She comes to Southern Oregon from the state of Washington, where she grew up just south of Seattle. She loves running, exploring the Pacific Northwest, watching a good football game and spending time with her dog, Gisele. True to her roots, Nikki is a proud WSU Cougar fan and loyal Seahawks fan.

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