The morning after the storm: Thousands still without power across the Inland Northwest

Thousands across the Inland Northwest lost power Tuesday night as major thunderstorms swept through the region.

Just after the peak of the storm, around 9:30 p.m., more than 20,000 Avista customers were in the dark according to the company’s outage map.

Power was restored to many customers late Tuesday night, but as of 3:00 a.m. Wednesday more than 9,000 customers were still without power– stretching from Nine Mile Falls to Kellogg. By 9:00 a.m., that number was down to about 5,000. CLICK HERE to view Avista’s current power outage map.

Another 1,300 Inland Power and Light customers were still without power Wednesday morning. Those outages were reported in Bonner, Stevens and Spokane counties but were mostly restored by 7:00 a.m. CLICK HERE to view Inland Power and Light’s current outage map.

4 News Now’s Kyle Simchuk was at the scene in Browne’s Addition, where witnesses say a large tree was struck by lightning and was left blocking the road.

Witnesses say lightning struck a large pine tree near Elm and Second — it’s now blocking the road. Many people without power in Brownes Addition. #4NewsNow pic.twitter.com/hPz5GqHwOE

— Kyle Simchuk (@KyleKXLY) July 24, 2019