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Some still without power after windy night; more wind on the way

Thousands of Josephine County residents are still without electricity Thursday morning following overnight wind and rain.

Pacific Power reports show about 2,766 customers in Grants Pass, Selma and Williams don't have power because of "weather/wind related damage." Repairs are underway, though a specific estimated time of completion on those repairs was not available.

No large-scale power outages remained in Jackson County. Nearly 1,000 Ashland and Talent residents lost electricity Wednesday evening, but Pacific Power officials said they estimated an 11 p.m. restoration. A separate outage affecting about 1,000 east Medford customers — caused by a tree-downed power line in the 5000 block of East 10th Street — was resolved just after 8 p.m.

Douglas and Coos counties also continue to feel the storm's effects. An estimated 1,438 customers are still without electricity in Douglas County, with just under 1,000 in Coos County, though that's a sizable improvement from the more than 19,000 Coos County customers affected.

Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon logs show area fire departments responded to seven downed power line reports around the Rogue Valley between 5:52 and 9:14 p.m. 

National Weather Service officials said wind gusts in Medford got up to 47 mph overnight, while Ashland gusts reached 41 mph. Eagle Point wind gusts got up to 31 mph. Higher up, gusts reached 71 mph at the Sexton Summit and 82 mph at Squaw Peak, according to meteorologist Brad Schaaf.

Those winds kept the Jackson County Roads Department busy with a handful of large trees that fell into roadways. Roads department director John Vial said most of the incidents occurred on the valley floor, with no incidents reported on county road stretches higher up.

"It was not a major night for us, but we did have crews out," Vial said.

Significant overnight incidents included a tree that fell down across Galls Creek Road near Gold Hill and a large cypress that toppled into Teresa Way in Central Point. Road crews also headed out Thursday morning to clean up six additional fallen trees that had been cleared from the roadways already, including a large oak that fell into an intersection at South Stage and Griffin Creek roads just west of Medford.

Over the past 24 hours, Medford and Ashland both saw just over one-tenth of an inch of rain. Eagle Point received nearly one-fifth of an inch during the same period. Grants Pass saw four-tenths of an inch. Crater Lake saw 5 inches of new snow, while about an inch fell at Diamond Lake.

Another wet, windy system is expected to move through southwestern Oregon today, with the best chances of rain and wind before 5 p.m.

"That's going to bring more rain showers, (a) slight chance of thunderstorms area wide, including the Rogue Valley, and some gusty winds," Schaaf said. "The Cascades could see quite a bit more snow, maybe up to 14 inches or so."

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.