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Friday in Portland: Alaska Airlines cancels all morning flights in and out of PDX amid winter storm

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Friday, Dec. 23 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Winter storm knocks out power for thousands across Oregon and Washington

Thousands of Oregonians and hundreds of Washingtonians woke up without power on Friday as freezing rain and extreme cold temperatures hit the Pacific Northwest. Portland General Electric’s outage map shows power outages affecting more than 7,200 households. Pacific Power is reportedly trying to restore power for more than 3,000 customers.

Clark County Utilities, which serves Clark County and surrounding areas in Washington, said more than 920 customers had lost power as of 8:30 a.m. They blamed downed trees for the outages.

2. Alaska Airlines cancels morning flights in Portland amid freezing rain, cold temperatures

Alaska Airlines announced Friday that all Alaska and Horizon flights to and from Portland are canceled until at least noon, and if the weather doesn’t improve, more cancellations and delays are likely. The airline said it canceled 270 flights scheduled in Portland and Seattle on Friday.

At Portland International Airport, 89 departing flights and 67 arriving flights from various airlines had been canceled as of 6 a.m. More than a dozen flights have reportedly been delayed. Travelers can check FlyPDX.com for updated information.

3. Firefighters battle 2-alarm blaze at Tualatin building amid freezing temperatures

Crews with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue are working to extinguish a 2-alarm fire that caused part of a commercial building to collapse Friday morning in Tualatin. There have been no reported injuries.

Firefighters responded to reports of a commercial fire in the 10000 block of Tualatin Sherwood Road around 7 a.m. Crews said part of the roof collapsed while they were working on the fire from the outside. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

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