Thousands without power in Stevens and Spokane counties
Thousands are without power in northern Spokane County and the southern tip of Stevens County as the region experiences rolling thunder storms and heavy wind.
Inland Power and Light Company is reporting 3,620 customers without power as of 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the company’s online outage map. A cause has not been determined.
The areas most affected are Suncrest in the southern tip of Stevens County, which has the bulk of the outages with about 2,900 customers affected. In Spokane County, areas near Milan and Deer Park had about 850 customers experiencing outages.
A spokesperson with Inland Power was not immediately available for comment Sunday.
Laurie Nisbet, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Spokane, said that at about 3 p.m., the Deer Park Airport recorded win gusts of up to 40 miles per hour. In Suncrest, a local weather station recorded wind speeds of about 30 miles per hour.
The weather service predicted thunder storms in much of Stevens and Pend Oreille counties an including North Idaho and parts of Spokane County. Nisbet said there were small clusters of lightning strikes in northern Spokane County.
“They probably contain heavy rain, small hail, maybe some gusty winds,” she said.
Avista Utilities, according to its online map, reported at 4 p.m. three outages with 23 customers affected.
This story is developing and will be updated.