Trees Down, One Person Killed


Monday, May 4th 2009, 11:38 am
By: News 9


A strong thunderstorm rolled through the Portland, Oregon area Saturday 
afternoon, bringing heavy hail and strong winds that knocked out power and 
toppled trees, one of which landed on a vehicle and killed a person.

That tree came down at the base of Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and landed on a
 vehicle, killing the sole occupant.  That person's identity has not been 
released.

The storm was so powerful that some people even thought a tornado had blown 
through but according to the National Weather Service, it was actually 
straight-line winds that came down and blew straight across the ground. Strong
 thunder, lightning and nickel-sized hail was reported as well.

The severe weather didn't last long and within a few hours was calming down.