Interstate 84 remains closed in the eastbound lanes between Pendleton and Stanfield after dust and wind storms caused low visibility and multiple car crashes Tuesday evening — including one crash at milepost 192 that involved at least five vehicles.
The Oregon Department of Transportation says it could be hours before the interstate fully reopens. The westbound lanes reopened about 10:30 p.m, according to ODOT.
In addition, Highway 11 is also closed just north of Pendleton in both directions after a crash about 8:30 p.m.
High winds also knocked out power to nearly 1,900 Umatilla Electric Cooperative customers in the Hermiston and Pendleton area.
The Hermiston Butte Substation feeder, which serves 1,762 customers, locked out at 5:48 p.m., according to the co-op. Crews are patrolling lines to identify the source of the outage.
An outage affecting 126 members served by the Ordnance Substation was also reported at 4:29 p.m.
Service areas affected include the Ordnance area southeast of Hermiston, Butter Creek, in and around the city of Hermiston and in the Mission area near Pendleton.
The East Oregonian is covering the damage and this story will be updated with more information.