Columbia Gorge hit by strong gusts, wind advisory for NW Oregon and SW Wash.

Branch down in the Columbia River Gorge - KATU image from Reed Andrews.

CORBETT, Ore. – Relentless gusts reached over 100 mph in the Columbia River Gorge overnight Monday

Much of the northern Willamette Valley and part of southwest Washington was under a wind advisory through Monday evening as strong east wind whipped across the region.

Forecasters warned that the winds could cause minor property damage and could cause power outages.

Carnetta Boyd lives in the Corbett area and tells KATU News she was one of the many who lost power during Monday’s gusts. She says it's part of life here, especially this time of year.

"I had a carport fly away once," Boyd said. "This is like the worst spot in the gorge."

The strong wind meant it was difficult for visitors to the Columbia River Gorge to enjoy some landmarks.

Vista House at Crown Point was closed because of the blustery conditions. It would have been a shelter for people to get away from the winds. Instead they were left clinging to the railing, hoping not to topple over.

The winds didn't give up, and neither did the people who came out to experience the worst of it.

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