Less than 100 Clark Public Utilities customers in the Camas area remain without power this morning following a day of intense winds.
At the height of the impact on Thursday night, according to Clark Public Utilities more than 62,000 customers were without power. A winter storm brought brought 20 to 30 mph winds, with gusts up to 50 to 60 mph., and along with it downed trees and power lines.
By 7 p.m. last night, downtown Camas was pitch black, with most if not all restaurants and other businesses, such as the Liberty Theatre and Mill City Brew Werks, closed down for the night. Just a couple of miles away in Washougal, however, city, street and business lights were up an operating.
According to Clark Public Utilities, employees worked throughout the night to restore power, with fresh crews from the eastern part of the state arriving this morning to provide mutual aid.
As of 5:30 a.m. Friday, just 53 customers in Camas and a total of 3,500 scattered countywide remain without power.
The weather forecast today and through the weekend is expected to be quite different, according to the National Weather Service. Scattered rain showers will be present, with mild westerly winds of 7 mph. Saturday and Sunday will be mostly sunny, with temperatures in the low to mid-40s.
For power outage updates, call Clark Public Utilities at 992-8000. An outage map and additional details are available at www.clarkpublicutilities.com.