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SPOKANE, Wash. – From allergies to power outages, the windy weather is leaving a whirlwind of problems throughout Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

Small clusters of people have been losing power as tree branches fall on power lines. Avista reports a total of about 1,700 customers affected from Spokane and Deer Park to Coeur D'Alene and Orofino.

Most of the outages have lasted an hour or two, and Avista says crew members will continue working into the night to restore power to all customers as outages may continue to pop up.

Kootenai Electric also reported 215 of its customers affected due to a downed tree that fell into a power line.

But even if you've kept power on today, the wind may be a problem for you as your heading out for the long Memorial Day Weekend.

Trailers and high-profile trucks may have problems, and people camping need to be especially careful with their fires.

At Riverside State Park, every campsite is booked; they've been reserved for the last 9 months when the reservation process opened.

"Fire danger is always a worry," said park ranger Brian Frahm. "It may not show an increase when you look at the signs but when the wind happens you always need to be careful - coals go up in the air, coals that might still be burning."

That could easily spark a wildfire.

You may remember, the 2008 Valley View Wildfire that destroyed several homes and caused millions in damage was started by a campfire.

But another concern if you're hitting the trails may be falling branches. The gusty weather can cause dried or dead branches to fall, and potentially hit you.

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