Windstorm expected to cause widespread power outages, downed trees Wednesday

The National Weather Service is warning people in North Idaho and the northeastern corner of Washington to be ready for damaging winds on Wednesday.

A High Wind Warning in effect from 4:00 a.m. Wednesday until midnight covers the area from Colville to Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene. (see below) The National Weather Service predicts the strongest gusts will be in North Idaho into the Deer Park area.

Windstorm expected to cause widespread power outages, downed trees Wednesday

Thirty five to 45 mile per hour winds are expected, with gusts up to 60 mph. The windstorm is expected to “blow down trees and power lines,” and cause widespread power outages, according to the NWS. As of early Wednesday, hundreds of homes and businesses were already without power.

The strongest winds are expected between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A Wind Advisory is also in effect Wednesday, covering the Moses Lake, Upper Columbia Basin, Okanogan Valley and Spokane areas. Winds there are expected to be from 30 to 40 miles per hour, with gusts up to 55 mph.

People are urged to avoid being outside in forested areas today, if at all possible. If you are in a home during a windstorm, you’re urged to stay on the lower floors and avoid windows.

Find more information from the National Weather Service here.