Strong winds are causing outages to some of Emerald People’s Utility District customers. About 500 customers are without power, down from 4000 earlier this morning.

“We have crews out assessing the situation and making repairs,” said Patty Jo Angelini, Emerald PUD public relations coordinator.

“Be prepared for outages today because of wind gusts. Heavy winds cause havoc on trees, bringing down limbs on power lines and causing outages,” she said.

“If you see downed power lines, stay away and call us at 541-746-1583,” Angelini said.