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Wind, lightning storm hits area hard


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Crews work on clearing out fallen trees Monday morning. The trees hit powerlines so hard they broke two power poles and laid the electrical lines across the highway in Coulee Dam, closing the road two hours and setting up the need to detour traffic. Power was restored to west Coulee Dam Monday evening.

It was storm story time in the coulee area Sunday night as the region was hit by a severe wind, thunder and lightning storm.

Power was out for some, trees were down, traffic in some areas was stalled or rerouted, and tree limbs and debris were everywhere.

The wind tore shingles from roofs, with the most serious being the Coulee Dam Casino, where the wind curled the metal part of the roof like a sardine can, covering the casino’s rooftop sign.

Traffic on SR 155 near Pole Park was stopped because a number of trees blew over, causing power lines to go down on the highway.

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