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Hunter Killed As Big Storm Pounds Ore. Coast

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File photo of a tree knocked over by a storm. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images)

File photo of a tree knocked over by a storm. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images)

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

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

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.

Sheriff Andy Long of Tillamook County identified the hunter as 52-year-old Nathan Christensen of Seattle.

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

Forecasters say rainfall in the higher elevations should total 4 to 7 inches.

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