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Wed Nov 18, 2015, 03:44 PM

3 killed, thousands without power in Northwest windstorm

Source: AP

By LISA BAUMANN

SEATTLE (AP) Cleanup began Wednesday in Washington state after a powerful storm killed three people, cut power to more than 380,000 residents and flooded rivers.

There was widespread damage in the Inland Northwest, where schools were closed in Spokane, nearby Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and many smaller districts. Gonzaga, Whitworth, Washington State-Spokane and Eastern Washington universities, all located in Spokane County, were closed Wednesday.

The city of Spokane was working to clear at least 175 fallen trees that blocked streets, slowing the morning commute. Wind gusts approached 70 mph in the Spokane area Tuesday afternoon and evening.

"Storm damage is spread throughout the city and will take time to assess and clean up," Mayor David Condon said.

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A piece of steel roofing blows off the SpokAnimal building in east Spokane, Wash., Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, as a storm sweeps through the area. Rain and high winds snarled traffic and knocked out power to tens of thousands of people in Western Washington on Tuesday. (Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review via AP) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 18, 2015, 03:46 PM

1. It was a death and stormy night

We got our back a few hours ago but it's a mess out there. Welcome to the Pacific NorthWet in Nov.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 18, 2015, 04:59 PM

2. Over 200000 without power for almost 24 hours

Mine is back on as of an hour ago....This happens far too often in the burbs outside of Seattle... We can count on storms but we can't count on our grid....Interestingly enough Microsoft and Google stayed on. Grrrrrrrr. It was not a pleasant 24 hours here. We have lots trees but we can't have underground utilities on the major arterials that have the overhead mainlines. My personal community has underground power but if a tree falls three blocks away hundreds of homes go out! I also don't get why so many hubs went out...Anywho...It's back on now but our PNW power issue is my biggest 1st world problem peeve.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2015, 01:13 AM

3. Got ours back Sunday

But it wasn't too bad with heat from the gas heating stove in the living room. Looks something like this:



We made hot water by putting pots on the top. Saved most of the freezer/refrig food by putting it outside in coolers. Battery operated radio and LED camping lanterns provided entertainment and illumination:



Oddly enough, they never lost power across the street so I could go over there once a day and charge my USB power pack. It was a life saver because I used my phone hard. Twitter, texting, email, reading books, etc. Power pack can charge my phone three or four times.



Across the street and three houses down a tree took out an unoccupied home. It was incredible. Perfectly healthy look trees were just getting blown over. Not the home I was talking about but representative of the destructive force of the winds:


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2015, 07:21 AM

4. My brother is in Spokane

Got his power back on Monday.

He said was much worse than the news showed.

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