PHOTOS: Severe storm batters Inland Northwest - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Right Now:

70°
  • (Feels like 70°)
  • Partly Cloudy

Today:

  • 84° |
  • 55°

7-Day Forecast

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share

PHOTOS: Severe storm batters Inland Northwest

Posted: Updated:
Photo courtesy of Mariah Wollweber in Edwall Photo courtesy of Mariah Wollweber in Edwall
  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • Tree falls on KHQ car in Coeur d'Alene

    Tree falls on KHQ car in Coeur d'Alene

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 2:46 AM EDT2014-08-13 06:46:10 GMT
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - As the storm made its way through Spokane and into Coeur d'Alene, KHQ Local News Reporter Victor Correa was ready to cover the damage left behind.>>
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - As the storm made its way through Spokane and into Coeur d'Alene, KHQ Local News Reporter Victor Correa was ready to cover the damage left behind. However, he didn't expect that damage to include his KHQ news car! Victor was covering the storm near Independence Point and was just about to get back into his car, when a tree fell on top of it! >>
  • Power companies working to restore power after severe thunderstorm

    Power companies working to restore power after severe thunderstorm

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 12:19 AM EDT2014-08-13 04:19:18 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The third round of severe thunderstorms to hit the Inland Northwest in less than a month knocked out power to thousands of people, but this time Avista was ready.>>
    KHQ.COM - The third round of severe thunderstorms to hit the Inland Northwest in less than a month knocked out power to thousands of people, but this time Avista was ready. If you lost power, Avista encourages you to report it at www.avistautilities.com or call them at 1-800-227-9187. 

    >>
  • 4 buildings destroyed in fire near Mead

    4 buildings destroyed in fire near Mead

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-08-13 03:46:53 GMT
    MEAD, Wash. - Four buildings, including one home, were destroyed in a fire near Mead Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters on scene told KHQ the fire had three separate starts and eventually burned the four buildings and ten acres before they got it under control. >>
    MEAD, Wash. - Four buildings, including one home, were destroyed in a fire near Mead Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters on scene told KHQ the fire had three separate starts and eventually burned the four buildings and ten acres before they got it under control. As of 8:30pm, the fire was 100% contained.>>
  • KHQ Weather Authority

    Become a KHQ Weather Watcher!

    Become a KHQ Weather Watcher!

    Do you want to be a Weather Watcher for KHQ Local News?  You just need the ability to Skype or UStream from your computer or smart phone.>>
    Do you want to be a Weather Watcher for KHQ Local News?  You just need the ability to Skype or UStream from your computer or smart phone.>>
  • Slideshow Landing Page

  • More from the Weather AuthorityMore>>

  • Interactive Radar

    HD Doppler 6i

    Watch the weather as it happens with KHQ's HD Doppler 6i Interactive Radar! >>
    Watch the weather as it happens with KHQ's HD Doppler 6i Interactive Radar! >>
KHQ.com - A severe thunderstorm moved through the Inland Northwest Tuesday afternoon. 

The storm a brought haboob-like dust storm that rolled through Ritzville area before eventually making its way through Spokane. The National Weather Service officially classified the dust cloud as a haboob.

The dust storm produced zero-visibility conditions on I-90 and the Washington State Patrol said there were multiple collisions in Adams, Lincoln and Whitman counties. Many of the collisions involved semi-trucks and cars, and one of the crashes blocked the eastbound lanes of I-90 for a short period of time. No serious injuries were reported. 

Shortly before those collisions, nearly 8,000 people were evacuated from the Grant County Fairgrounds as the violent storm made its way through the area. No injuries were reported there either. 

The storm did knock out power to at least 10,000 Avista customers at its peak. Inland Power and light reported more than 3,700 customers without power during the height of the storm. For additional information and the current power outages in the area from the various power companies, click on the links below. 

Though the official cause has not been determined, four buildings burned to the ground near Mead shortly after lightning moved through the area. 

If you have any pictures you'd like to add to the storm slideshow posted above this story, please email them to newstips@khq.com 

POWER OUTAGE WEBSITES:

For the latest numbers on power outages across the region, CLICK on the link that applies to you:

AVISTA: https://www.avistautilities.com/safety/_layouts/avista/transactions/viewoutages.aspx

KOOTENAI ELECTRIC: http://www.kec.com/content/power-outage-updates

PEND OREILLE PUD: http://popud.org/

INLAND POWER AND LIGHT: http://outagecenter.inlandpower.com/outagecenterNEW.php

Red Flag Warning: Basically the entire Pacific Northwest is under a Red Flag Warning due to the elevated fire risk caused by these thunderstorms. Frequent lightning could spark new fires and strong wind gusts would help these fires spread very quickly.

Flash Flood Watch: In place over the recently burned areas of the N. Cascades. Thunderstorms bring the chance of brief but heavy downpours of rain that would run right over the top burn scars and cause flash flooding and debris flows. Right now, it's in place until 11PM Thursday night, with the chance of afternoon thunderstorms each day until then.

A Look Ahead:  A large area of low pressure will move onto the west coast of Oregon tomorrow and then very slowly move across the PacNW through Friday. That'll bring a chance of afternoon thunderstorms each day through Friday, it'll also bring cooler temps.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Dog found nearly dead with gunshot wounds still needs a home

    Dog found nearly dead with gunshot wounds still needs a home

    Friday, September 12 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-09-13 00:21:26 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Many of you may remember Bella, the American Staffordshire Terrier that stole our hearts after she was found by a family camping in the woods near Coeur d'Alene beaten, starving and nearly dead from two gun shot wounds. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Many of you may remember Bella, the American Staffordshire Terrier that stole our hearts after she was found by a family camping in the woods near Coeur d'Alene beaten, starving and nearly dead from two gun shot wounds. The family who found her, rushed her to the vet and somehow she survived. >>>ADOPT BELLA>>> >>
  • First date ends with man dead, woman hospitalized

    First date ends with man dead, woman hospitalized

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:44:21 GMT
    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Pierce County sheriff's detectives know this much: a first date ended with a Gig Harbor, Washington, man dead and his date hospitalized in critical condition.The News Tribune reports that investigators think the 47-year-old Port Orchard woman ran over her date, then crashed his truck 15 feet down an embankment.>>
    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Pierce County sheriff's detectives know this much: a first date ended with a Gig Harbor, Washington, man dead and his date hospitalized in critical condition.The News Tribune reports that investigators think the 47-year-old Port Orchard woman ran over her date, then crashed his truck 15 feet down an embankment.
    >>
  • WATCH: Rarely seen 9/11 Budweiser commercial that aired only once

    WATCH: Rarely seen 9/11 Budweiser commercial that aired only once

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-09-12 00:52:54 GMT
    KHQ.COM - This Budweiser commercial was produced after the September 11th terrorist attacks. However, it hasn't been widely seen because Budweiser only aired it once so as not to benefit financially from it - they just wanted to acknowledge the tragic event.>>
    KHQ.COM - This Budweiser commercial was produced after the September 11th terrorist attacks. However, it hasn't been widely seen because Budweiser only aired it once so as not to benefit financially from it - they just wanted to acknowledge the tragic event.>>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • RANKING: The states with the rudest drivers

    RANKING: The states with the rudest drivers

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 1:09 AM EDT2014-09-17 05:09:55 GMT
    KHQ.com The state of Idaho appears to be known for two things: Potatoes and rude drivers. Online insurance company Insure.com has come out with a list that ranks the rudest drivers in the country and Idaho tops the list.>>
    KHQ.com The state of Idaho appears to be known for two things: Potatoes and rude drivers. Online insurance company Insure.com has come out with a list that ranks the rudest drivers in the country and Idaho tops the list.>>
  • Some businesses ban E-cigarettes inside

    Some businesses ban E-cigarettes inside

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:14:40 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Grant County Health District passed an ordinance that regulates the sale, distribution, and use of electronic cigarettes. That means starting January 1, 2015, people will no longer be able to smoke e-cigarettes indoors or any other place where regular cigarettes are banned in Grant County.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Grant County Health District passed an ordinance that regulates the sale, distribution, and use of electronic cigarettes. That means starting January 1, 2015, people will no longer be able to smoke e-cigarettes indoors or any other place where regular cigarettes are banned in Grant County.>>
  • "No guns allowed" sign stirs controversy

    "No guns allowed" sign stirs controversy

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:59 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:59:38 GMT
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Buffalo Wild Wings opened it's doors Labor Day weekend in Coeur d'Alene, and on the door is a sign that reads; "Buffalo Wild Wings inc, Bans Guns On These Premises." The sign was met with a mix of responses from people in the area with some, like Dave Allbrook. "I'm okay with that, I think it depends on the owners of the restaurant, whether or not they want to do that.">>
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Buffalo Wild Wings opened it's doors Labor Day weekend in Coeur d'Alene, and on the door is a sign that reads; "Buffalo Wild Wings inc, Bans Guns On These Premises." The sign was met with a mix of responses from people in the area with some, like Dave Allbrook. "I'm okay with that, I think it depends on the owners of the restaurant, whether or not they want to do that.">>