SPOKANE, Wash. - High winds and heavy rain headed for the Spokane area have many on alert.. Though this storm is not expected to be anywhere near as severe as last November's, city officials are not taking any chances.
Last year's storm was historic. 70 miles per hour winds, thousands left without power, and some damage still waiting to be repaired.
A lesson Spokane learned the hard way, but one we won't have to learn again. This time around, the city is ready.
"All of our crews know what's going on," said Spokane Mayor David Condon. "Everything from chainsaws to generators... all of that is being prepared," Condon said.
According to the National Weather Service, the wind should hit hardest between 2:00 and 5:00 a.m. Friday morning.
"[We're] definitely going to see some significant rain over the weekend. About an inch tomorrow and two inches total over the weekend," Condon said.
The rain is what has city officials concerned. Saturated soil could make trees more susceptible to the wind, especially in outlying areas affected by summer fires.
"People can call 509-755-CITY if they do have any issues and our crews will respond to that," Condon said.
But perhaps more concerning to members of our community is the effect the storm could have on downtown construction projects.
"The rain does have an impact. You see the crews out there as we're working... It slows them down," Condon said.
Navigating downtown Spokane has been a hassle for several months now. Local businesses and their customers are eager to have those roads open again.
Construction crews braved the rain today... And the mayor says the projects shouldn't be significantly delayed.
"The weather does have its impacts, but we'll still be able to meet the original planned end dates," Condon said.
If you do notice any storm damage this weekend, such as downed power lines, trees in the road or traffic signals without power, be sure to contact the city so they can respond.