If you lose power, don’t call 911

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SPOKANE, Wash – As gusty winds blow through the Inland Northwest Sunday night, emergency managers want people to save 911 calls for true emergencies.

High winds hit the Inland Northwest just after sunset and have knocked out power to thousands of people.

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Spokane Regional Emergency Communications sent a tweet Sunday night, asking that people report power outages to their power company, not 911.

They need 911 lines open in case of true emergencies.

Winds are expected to continue overnight and into the early morning.