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Gusting winds blowing in bitter cold and causing damage

Gusting winds blew the Bulldog Tavern's sign down Sunday Gusting winds blew the Bulldog Tavern's sign down Sunday
The Bulldog Tavern sign used to sit atop the landmark business before Sunday's wind gust blew it down The Bulldog Tavern sign used to sit atop the landmark business before Sunday's wind gust blew it down

SPOKANE, Wash. - Winds around 32 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph, blew into Spokane on Sunday.  For most of the afternoon the temperature stayed right around 20 degrees, but the National Weather Service said with the wind chill factor at times it felt more like -2 degrees.

The gusting winds managed to blow down a metal sign weighing several hundred pounds that sat atop the Bulldog Tavern on N. Hamilton around noon on Sunday.  Employees said after a huge gust of wind they heard a loud crash, and when they looked around the iconic sign was on the sidewalk.

Sunday night is going to be partly cloudy and cold with a low of 6 degrees, but feeling as low as -13 degrees with the wind chill factor.  A Breezy east wind will be coming in between 20 mph and 28 mph.

Monday will be mostly clear with a low around 2 degrees, but feeling as low as -13.  The wind will be coming in from the east between 14 mph and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Monday night is when the wind is going to finally calm down, it's forecasted to be coming in from the northeast between 5 mph and 8 mph.  It will be mostly clear with a low around 2 degrees.

Due to the extreme weather conditions, the City of Spokane has activated its Homeless Warming Center program. Homeless warming centers are locations that can be used for the purpose of sheltering the homeless from the elements for brief intervals during extreme cold weather. These sites, which are not set up for lodging, are activated by the City only when temperatures are forecasted by the National Weather Service to drop to 15 degrees or lower and homeless shelters serving the target population were at capacity the previous 24 hours.  

The following Warming Centers will be open starting at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 2009 and will remain open until 7:00 a.m. Monday December 7, 2009.

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