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High winds leave thousands without power

By Alyssa Crawford , KXLY4 News Producer , alyssac@kxly.com
Published On: Dec 17 2012 11:58:19 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 17 2012 07:40:56 PM CST
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High winds in Eastern Washington and North Idaho kept power companies busy Monday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, gusts reached 58 miles per hour in the Inland Northwest.

Gusts of winds knocked down power lines in North Idaho, toppled trees in Spokane County and even blew a roof off of a house in Cheney. Click here for current weather conditions.

According to an Avista employee, trees breaking off and falling onto power lines is the number one cause of power outages. She also said the wind advisory cause Avista to staff more people Monday.

The Avista representative said the major problem areas were St. Maries in Idaho and on the Palouse. As of 9:30 a.m. Monday, she said about 7,000 people were without power in Eastern Washington and about 4,200 people were without power in North Idaho. Click here for a list of outages Avista Utilities is working on.

According to a representative from Inland Power and Light, most power outages that they are dealing with are in North Spokane County. As of 9 a.m. there were approximately 300 people in Deer Park without power.

Students from multiple school districts were released from school just after 9 a.m., due to power outages. Plummer-Worley School District, Columbia School District, St. Maries School District and Evergreen School District in Stevens County were among the schools closed Monday due to power outages. Click here for a list of all school closures for Monday.

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