High winds cut down trees across the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene regions on Wednesday, killing tens of thousands of people as meteorologists reported the second highest wind gust recorded at Spokane International Airport.
The mayhem also killed a woman in her 40 after a tree fell on her car at 27th Avenue and Post Street near Comstock Park, said Brian Schaeffer, Spokane’s fire chief.
Another woman, trapped by a falling tree in her home on 63rd Street, was rescued by Spokane County Firefighters and Spokane County Fire District 8 Schaeffer, posted on Twitter shortly after 6am.
For households without electricity, this storm is expected to be “Multi-day events”; that could occur, David Howell, Avista Utilities director of operations, said Wednesday. As of Wednesday evening, Avista’s power outages showed that approximately 51,000 households in the Spokane area still had no electricity.
The steady roar of the wind on Wednesday morning was punctuated by loud and loud noise on Spokane’s South Hill, littered with fallen trees and downed wires, forcing some villagers to evacuate and businesses to shut down.
The huge pine was withdrawn and fell on 28th Avenue near Division Street shortly before 7am.With the smell of natural gas still in the air, firefighters were evacuated for about an hour due to neighbors. Protect temporarily displaced residents At about 8:30 AM, most of the block’s residents were allowed back into the home.
“Nobody was hurt,” said nearby resident Bryce Thomas. “It was just a fall on the street and I guess it was as good as it should be.”
The trees lining Manito Boulevard south of 29th Avenue were torn from the ground.
One front of Regeena Fine’s home was uprooted and splashed across the lawn. But spared her home – and the small empty library in front She hopes to send her children to school which will be safer. But knowing that the school was canceled
Despite the fallen trees in the lawn, neighboring Pat and Sue Dalton agreed that it was less intense than the 2015 wind storm, but still worse than expected.
“We are really lucky,” said Pat Dalton.
Shaffer agrees that the storm will not be as bad as 2015, even if Wednesday’s storm caused it. “A lot of damage”
“The overall system in which we had to mitigate emergencies had exceeded the maximum limit at one point, and many calls without natural priorities were placed in a queue that had to be dealt with when we were able to add resources to the system,” said Chae. Said Coffer.
Fire teams are tackling everything from structurally damaged homes to people trapped in elevators, Schaeffer said.
For more than 20,000 households without electricity in Coeur d’Alene, restoration could take longer than in Spokane, after crews waited for the storm to investigate problem areas, Howell said.
On South Hill, the state of power varies, almost blocked.
Rocket Market on High Drive was forced to close early due to a power outage. But businesses not far south on 57th Avenue have been operating without interruption. The traffic lights on the corner of 37th Avenue and Grand Boulevard have gone out, but are still operational in parts of South Hill.
Howell said strong winds would last at least 3 p.m., however, the storm’s peak was between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service in Spokane.
“The storm was at its strongest as the morning’s journey began. Responding to safety issues is one of the city’s top concerns today. Be very careful, “Mayor Nadine Woodward said in a statement.
An unofficial 71 mph gust of wind was recorded at Spokane International Airport, the second-highest recorded during the gust of winds in November 2015, the all-time maximum was 77 mph. Hours during June 2015 with a thunderstorm.
“We are seeing wind gusts anywhere from 50 to 65 mph,” said Charlotte Dewey, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Spokane.
Storm damage is also evident in a neighborhood south of Spokane Valley, the top of a tree appears to be crushed on a McDonald’s elementary school rooftop. Along University Road, near East 22nd Avenue, a tree fell over the house, tore up from under the sidewalk, and the electric pole fell.
Just a few blocks away, a tree crossed the street on East 21st Avenue next to Dennis Rae’s home.The tree fell Wednesday morning from the opposite yard, leaving Rae’s home just a few feet away.
Rae, who has lived in the area since 1959, said the neighborhood’s fallen trees were normal in this condition.
“Coniferous trees generally have pretty good roots that go deep,” he said. (Their lawns) The root system doesn’t need to go deep to get water, so roots are shallower. When the ground is humid and there is such a wind blowing, trees can be cut down. ”
Rae, who “saw a fair amount of trees,” said he was somewhat worried about the others around his property.
“But you can’t predict what will happen,” he said, “or where it will happen.”
More recently, heavy rains loosened soil in the Spokane area, making it easier for trees to uproot, meteorologists said.
Temperatures will drop from a recent above-average high to the mid-30s, close to a normal 34 degrees at this time of year.
“It will calm down a little for us,” Dewey said.
Public safety officials ask people to stay home if they can. Park officials urge residents to stay outside the park until the winds subside and can clear the debris. According to the city, there are shelters for people who suffer from homelessness.
The Washington State Patrol reported a tree blocking local highways.
Avista said customers should be prepared for prolonged power outages, and assessments can take more than 24 hours.
Down or damaged cords should be considered working and left alone.
The 911 dispatch center was overrun in North Idaho after receiving more than 400 calls, reporting fallen trees and other weather events, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said.
Avista reported hundreds of crashes and more than 70,000 customers without power by 8 a.m. Just an hour later the team began to recover, and the number dropped to fewer than 68,000 customers without power.
Inland Power & Light reported that more than 16,500 customers had no power in the 9am coverage area, including in Spokane, Lincoln, Bonner, Whitman and Stevens counties.Nearly half of the utility’s Bonner County customers were powerless on Wednesday.
Vera Water and Power, serving some of Spokane Valley, had approximately 2,500 customers without power as of 07:30, with a countdown to just 2,000 in the afternoon. Many days
The modern electric water company in Spokane Valley experienced 4,000 outages at about 7:30 a.m. in total, but 10 were restored by 4 p.m., said general manager Joe Morgan.
The Kootenai Electric Cooperative reported 4,900 out of power at 9 a.m. Northern Lights Inc. in North Idaho reported about 11,200 out of power.
Closing and transformation
Spokane Public Schools, along with the Central Valley School District, Cheney School District and the Medical Lake School District, announced the closure of both private and virtual schools on Wednesday morning, Davenport School District announced that it will continue its online learning process.
Later on Wednesday, SPS announced on Twitter that self-learning, distance learning, expedited childcare, lunch camps and meal kits would all be canceled on Thursday due to widespread disruptions and that many schools remain without power. E
The Coeur d’Alene public school was set to be far away on Wednesday, according to a press release from the district. Grab-and-go meals at Canfield, Lakes and Woodland Middle Schools were canceled.
Eastern Washington University and the College of North Idaho canceled both in-person and online classes, while the University of Whitworth delayed its opening until noon. Most of the classes this year have not started at Gonzaga University, however law students are still learning remotely.
Meanwhile, the Spokane County District Court was closed due to the weather.