Yesterday’s gusty winds did have utility and road crews a little busy, dealing with branches that were knocked around by the winds. Longview Public Works crews were called to the 18 hundred block of Hemlock at about 5:15 yesterday afternoon, when it was reported that a large branch had come down into the street in front of the Economy Inn. The branch blocked about one and a half lanes of the roadway; Longview Police provided traffic control while public works personnel removed the branch, which took about an hour. It’s also speculated that branches got into some overhead lines on the Kalama River Road, knocking power out to 385 Cowlitz PUD customers from about 5:15 to 6:15 yesterday afternoon and evening. No problems are reported this morning.