Power outages expected in today's winds

Ferry docked for wind


Last updated 11/15/2021 at 9:13pm

Where's all the wind coming from? A screenshot from Windy.com shows the bigger picture. Source: Windy.com

The National Weather Service in Spokane has increased the urgency of its language regarding this current wind event, warning "winds will blow down trees and power lines" (emphasis ours) and that "widespread power outages are expected."

A "wind advisory" from the National Weather Service, originally set to expire at 8 p.m. Monday, was extended then until midnight.

Gusts up to 70 mph are expected among 30-40 mph winds.

Keller Ferry is out of service again because of the winds.

In 2013, with wind gusts reported locally at 52 mph, several trees fell over, causing power outages and other damage.

Below is the current warning from the National Weather Service.

Event: High Wind Warning


* WHAT...Southwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

Isolated gusts to 70 mph possible.

* WHERE...Grand Coulee, Coulee City, Odessa, Creston, Ralston,

Electric City, Lamona, Stratford, Harrington, Coulee Dam,

Ritzville, and Wilbur.

* WHEN...Until 8 PM PST this evening.

* IMPACTS...Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines.

Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult,

especially for high profile vehicles.

Instructions: Remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Watch for falling debris and tree limbs. Use caution if you must drive.

This story has been updated with the extended expiration time for the wind advisory.


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