Thousands without power following storm

Thousands without power following storm

SPOKANE, Wash. - While Wednesday's storm only stayed in place for several minutes, it was enough to cause extensive damage to the area.

"Transformers are five feet off the ground, the trees all the way through the alley in the neighbor's yard," Steve Schatz said. "It's pretty bad down the alley."

Power was out in Schatz's North Spokane neighborhood. Strong winds caused a tree to fall on a power line which caused a ripple effect to other power lines.

"The tree just fell over and landed on the power lines caused a lot of tension on the line caused that to snap over," Schatz said.

At Indian Trail, it's the same scenario. Neighbors took matters into their own hands to clear the road. Some were chainsawing branches, while others picked up debris off the street.

As of 5:30 a.m. Thursday, more than 23,000 Avista customers and more than 13,000 Inland Power and Light customers were without electricity. As to when power will be restored, it will vary from home to home depending on the extent of the damage.

Avista is asking their customers to turn on their porch light so crews know which homes have power.  In the meantime, Schatz suggests those affected should take action.

"We're going to my sister's to get coolers and ice and get things for at least a day out without power," Schatz said.