2 People Killed As High Winds Thrash Pacific Coast

San Francisco (KRON and wire reports) — The Pacific coast’s strongest storm in years pummeled the west coast on Thursday, leaving at least two people dead in Oregon.

Phillip Crosby died when a tree fell on the tent where he was sleeping in south Oregon, said the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Crosby’s 18-year-old son, Alexander Crosby, tried to revive his father, the sheriff’s office said.

Alexander Crosby told officials the falling tree was 8 to 10 inches in diameter and partially struck Phillip Crosby across the arm and chest. The Crosbys were from Sunny Valley but were homeless and on their way to Arizona, authorities said.

Portland police say a teenage boy died Thursday evening after a large tree fell on the vehicle in which he was riding, causing it to swerve and hit another tree.

Powerful gusts in Portland broke windows in a downtown building and likely causing the collapse of part of an exterior wall of an apartment building.

Portland General Electric said about 18,000 customer lost power and Pacific Power (Oregon) said 32,000 lost power. An estimated 225,000 customers lost power from northern California to the Canadian border, a CNN survey of power companies showed.

In Santa Cruz, two children were hurt today when high winds caused a Cypress tree to fall onto a school playground as students waited for classes to start, a police official said.

One person was injured inside a East San Jose supermarket when a portion of the roof collapsed. Safeway employee Adam Aguioal told KRON 4 that he heard a “big crash and water started to pour into the store.” The victim was being treated for minor injuries.

READ: 2 Children Injured When Tree Falls Onto Playground

PHOTO: One Injured After Portion Of Roof Collapses At San Jose Safeway

Information from Associated Press and CNN was used in this report.
(Copyright 2014, KRON 4/CNN/AP, All rights reserved.)

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