Hunter killed by tree as storm pounds Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A powerful storm pounding the Oregon coast has taken the life of an elk hunter.

Chief Perry Sherbaugh of Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue says a fir tree crashed on the hunter's tent Monday morning, killing him quickly.

Sherbaugh says two hunters in an adjacent camp heard the tree snap and saw it lying across the tent. They cut it away in an attempt to rescue the man, to no avail.

The man's name has not been released, pending notification of relatives.

Sherbaugh says the other hunters in the man's party had left as the storm approached.

Wind gusts of more than 70 mph have been reported all along the coast. Toppled trees have caused sporadic road closures and power outages, and one fell on a Seaside fire truck.

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