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Power restoration: What you need to know

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Based on what we know at this time, it could take at least 3 to 5 days to restore power to the majority of customers . Based on what we know at this time, it could take at least 3 to 5 days to restore power to the majority of customers .
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Avista Utilities says it will be 3-5 days before they can restore power to the majority of its customers.

In a press release Wednesday, they said they cannot give estimated restoration times for specific locations.

They also said this is the largest crisis the company has faced in its 126-year history. Crews have been working around the clock since near-hurricane force winds hit the Inland Northwest Tuesday, leaving about 180,000 customers without power at the height of the storm.

As it stands, 113,000 of the 139,000 customers without power are in Spokane County.

As of 8:36 p.m. Wednesday, Avista reports 60,000 customers have power restored. 32% of customers are still without power. Crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to raise those numbers.

Kootenai Electric is reporting about 8,100 customers without power, and that crews will be working into the night to restore it.

An update from Inland Power and Light says it may be 2-4 days before customers will get power back in their homes. They say primary lines serving hundreds of customers will be serviced first, and then the secondary lines serving just a few members will be serviced. The company has also brought in contract crews to help with the proccess.  

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