A cold front pushing into the Umpqua Basin wreaked a bit of wind havoc Tuesday evening.

Winds gusts reached heights of 30 mph in the Roseburg area as the front pushed into the region, with gusts of 50 mph or more at higher elevations, according to the National Weather Service based in Medford.

There were reports of downed trees — one of which reportedly struck a house along Buckhorn Road east of Roseburg — and caused minor damage at other locations in Roseburg, including blowing a glass pane off of The News-Review and onto Northeast Winchester Street.

Across the street, an outdoor dining canopy at El Dorado Restaurant also appeared to suffer damage.

Gusts reportedly exceeded 60 mph on some southern coastal headlands, including Humbug Mountain and Cape Blanco.

Charles Smith, a weather observer for the National Weather Service, said Wednesday’s cold front was dragging behind it what could be a significant rain event, expected to begin late Thursday.

“These systems are starting to trend wetter, and there are going to be more winds going into Saturday,” Smith said.

The rain will be welcome to the Umpqua Basin, which has received just 3.9 inches of rain — as measured at Roseburg Regional Airport — since March. The region has had just 0.31 inches of rain thus far in October after having just a trace amount measured for the entire month of September.

Donovan Brink can be reached at dbrink@nrtoday.com and 541-957-4219.

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