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SPOKANE, Wash. -
Strong winds with gusts up to 35 miles an hour uprooted trees and causes scattered power outages around the Spokane area Wednesday.
Winds knocked trees and power lines down at 14th and Ash on Spokane's South Hill. At roughly the same time a power pole snapped in half and caught fire on Browne's Mountain. Crews with chain saws could be seen at on the 3900 block of S. Eastern Rd. removing a fallen tree that damaged a fence.
In some cases, toppled trees and power lines affected traffic for a short while but there were no reported injuries.
Forecasters called for steady winds through the afternoon. Gusts were predicted to be around 35 miles an hour in the Spokane area, with gusts up to 50 miles an hour in the surrounding mountains.
As of 4 p.m. Avista reported about 1,800 customers without power. Most of the outages were in North Idaho – places such as Grangeville, Kellogg and Saint Maries. There were about 160 outages on Spokane's South Hill.
Inland Power had about 119 reported outages from Spokane to Pullman.
Kootenai Electric said they had about 2,500 customers without power, most of which were on the east side of Hayden Lake, and in the Harrison area east of Lake Coeur d'Alene.