(By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent)
Spring storms bring high winds, causes power outages in Northwest…
Storms rolled through the state of Washington yesterday, causing power outages in the Chewelah area, mudslides and flooding in Okanogan county and in general causing a bit of spring havoc.
The National Weather Service had sent out a flood advisory 11 eastern Washington and Idaho counties yesterday, citing heavy rainfall and thunderstorms until 7:30 p.m. Friday. The NWS was worried because of saturated soils from a wet spring that could cause slides of mud and debris to gather over roadways.
In Okanogan County, three miles northwest of Pateros an extensive mud and debris slide covered part of State Route 153 and water and debris covered portions of state route 20 seven miles west of Loup Loup summit.
A power line fell near Waitts Lake cutting power to many residents there. Flooding has also caused Williams Lake Road – which has been the key turnoff on the Highway 395 detour – to be closed. Aladdin Road in Colville was closed because of a downed powerline.
The Spokesman-Review reported that gusting winds reaches as high as 44 m.p.h. at the Spokane International Airport and one death has been reported in the Northwest. Avista Utilities reported that 1,800 customers were without power. Most of the power was restored by the evening.
On the coast, 100,000 customers were without power on the Oregon Coast all the way down to California. Portland General Electric reported 30,000 customers without power.
Portland saw 60 m.p.h. wins. The Seattle Times reported 76 m.p.h. winds on the coast.
A 67-year old man in Oregon was killed when he was struck by a tree.