By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

High winds dropped trees and power lines Friday as high surf and gale warnings were issued for the Curry County area. The surf and gale warnings extend into Sunday.

Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative (CCEC) representatives said they had been experiencing outages Friday throughout the county after the high winds hit around 10:30 a.m. CCEC officials said the alert system indicated areas near Bandon and Brookings still had no power at 4:18 p.m. There were no estimated times for the return of service.

Power outages began late in the morning when high winds hit the area, felled trees or branches and damaged lines. There were also reports of transformers being damaged at various locations.

Law enforcement dispatch reported multiple incidents of trees down or trees hanging on lines from Port Orford to Harbor.

Charter (Spectrum) Communications customers reported outages from about 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Senior Director of Communications for the Northwest Region Bret Picciolo said Charter’s engineering team determined “service for Spectrum customers had been impacted due to commercial power failures caused by high winds.”

ATT, Verizon and US Cellular cell services were down locally during roughly the same period.

ATT associate Nick Ebert said he was unaware of the cause of the outage, but he said it was affecting the other carriers as well.

A damaged transformer might have caused some of the outages, according to US Cellular representative Cory Dunham, but he could not pinpoint a specific cause.

All three local carriers confirmed the outages.

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