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Strong winds cause power outages in Inland Northwest

SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: The City of Spokane issued a reminder that when the power is out, everybody needs to stop. Drivers should use caution and treat intersections without power like four-way stops.

City crews will deploy generators to busy intersections if needed, but there may be dark signals and powerlines and trees blocking roadways.

If you see a downed power line, call 911. If you see a tree on the road blocking traffic, call 311.

After 6 p.m., call 311 and press 5 to report.

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A large number of people in the Inland Northwest are without power due to wind.

According to the National Weather Service, a strong cold front will bring extremely windy conditions throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening. Wind will pick up with gusts from 35 to 45 mph throughout that time.

The advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. Use extra caution when driving, and secure light items such as trash cans around your home.



Washington State Patrol issued an alert for ST26 at milepost 108 due to high winds causing heavy blowing dust and limited visibility.

According to Inland Power, as of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2,727 homes were experiencing power outages in Spokane County. 1,794 homes were experiencing outages in Stevens County, 2 in Pend Oreille County, 4 in Kootenai County, and 64 in Bonner County. You can view the map here, which will continue to be updated.



You can check Avista's outages map here to see if your area is affected.