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Dec 12, 2014

05:57:50 GMT--Extreme Weather - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: ST-20141212-46295-USA

Date / time: 12/12/2014 05:53:09 [UTC]

Event: Extreme Weather

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Oregon

Location: [Western Oregon]

Number of Deads: 1 person(s)

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


High winds blowing across Western Oregon are being blamed for the death of a man hit by a falling tree near Ashland and likely caused the collapse of a piece of an apartment building wall in Portland. Officials say no one was hurt when the top part of an external wall of the apartment building came crashing down on Thursday. Bricks lay on the street. Officials said the building itself was not in danger of falling and they believed the damage was external. Earlier in the day, a homeless man hiking his way to Arizona died when high wind felled a tree that crashed through a tent in which he was sleeping. High winds also were causing power outages in parts of Western Oregon. A homeless man hiking his way to Arizona died Thursday when high wind felled a tree that crashed through a tent where he was sleeping, authorities said. Phillip Crosby, 40, complained of difficulty breathing and died shortly after the tree hit his chest and arm about 5:30 a.m., said Jackson County Sheriff's Lt. Marty Clark. The tree was described 8 inches to 10 inches in diameter and 20 feet tall. Crosby and his son, Alexander Crosby, 18, were camped about a mile from Mount Ashland, just north of the California border. The two had started out from Sunny Valley, north of Grants Pass, and were headed to Arizona, Clark said. A local nonprofit group that helps homeless youths, the Maslow Project, was caring for Alexander Crosby until relatives arrived, Clark said. Crosby's death came as Oregon prepared for the second of two storms battering the West Coast. Forecasters said winds could reach hurricane force off the coast, up to 100 mph, and gust as high as 85 mph along the coast and 60 mph inland. Sustained wind speeds were expected to be in the range of 25-40 mph inland, slightly higher east of the Cascade Range. The first pulse of the storm system swept through on Wednesday, causing sporadic power outages. That and the forecast led some schools along the coast to cancel classes or curtail activities Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard encouraged mariners to get back to port ahead of the storm. It closed the bars at two rivers, the Chetco and Siuslaw, both common precautions.

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