Blustery storm propels canvas carport 120 feet

Written by Baker City Herald July 03, 2014 08:14 am

No major power outages in Baker County 


S. John Collins/Gaylord Baggerly looks at the canvas carport that ended up draped across the fence at his south Baker City home. Wind from a thunderstorm Wednesday night propelled the carport about 120 feet.
S. John Collins/Gaylord Baggerly looks at the canvas carport that ended up draped across the fence at his south Baker City home. Wind from a thunderstorm Wednesday night propelled the carport about 120 feet.

The blustery but mainly dry thunderstorm that swung through Baker City Wednesday night made a delivery to Gaylord and La Donna Baggerly’s backyard.

A carport.

Wind propelled the canvas structure about 120 feet, crossing a couple of properties between owner Ron Edison’s house and the Baggerlys’ yard at 230 Second St., between Colorado and Miller avenues in south Baker City.

La Donna Baggerly found the carport about 6:30 this morning.

The carport didn’t cause any damage when it ended its flight draped across the Baggerlys' fence.

Nor did the storm result in any widespread power outages in Baker County, said Jim Horan of Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative.

OTEC crews worked all night removing limbs that had fallen across power lines in several places, Horan said. But in most cases fewer than 20 customers lost power for less than half an hour, he said.

The biggest outage happened in Imbler, northeast of La Grande, when lightning struck a power pole, cutting electricity to about 250 customers from 10:21 p.m. until 3 a.m.

Wind gusts toppled a tree across Highway 7 about a mile and a half east of the Sumpter junction, and left willow limbs strewn across the highway through Bowen Valley just south of Baker City, but there were no major problems on local highways, said Bill Durflinger, who works at the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Baker City maintenance station.