High Winds Cause Outages Throughout Inland Northwest

Apr 18, 2021

Avista reported more than 15,000 customers in eastern Washington and north Idaho without power due to high winds on Sunday night.
Credit Screenshot from Avista outage map

UPDATED Mon. 10:30 am: Avista has crews all over the region, fixing power outages. It reports about 1,000 hundred people still without power in the Spokane and Kootenai County.

Inland Power reports about 1,500 people in its service area still without power. That includes 1,300 in Spokane County.

Kootenai Electric reports it has restored power to most of its customers overnight. There are still a dozen people waiting for electricity near Post Falls. 

High winds knocked out power to as many as 30,000 Inland Northwest residents Sunday evening as a cold front moved through the region.

Avista reported as many as 15,000 customers lost power, especially near Sandpoint and in Spokane County.  Inland Power reported more than 6,000 people lost electricity, about 4,800 in Spokane County, 1,200 in Bonner County. Kootenai Electric reported it had lost power to substations that serve about 8,600 customers lost power in the northern part of the utility's territory near Athol, Twin Lakes, Hayden, Garwood and Spirit Lake.

The National Weather Service issued a blowing dust advisory for much of Washington’s Columbia Basin. Visibility was impaired on highways and county roads.

The weather service also issued wind advisories for Sunday afternoon and evening for Spokane and parts of Lincoln, Douglas and Okanogan counties in eastern Washington and Kootenai, Boundary and Bonner counties in north Idaho. It issued a hazardous weather outlook for Pend Oreille and Stevens counties in Washington and Kootenai, Benewah, Shoshone and Latah counties in Idaho.

Forecasters say lightning strikes were reported a few miles south of Deer Park.