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UPDATE: 91,000+ still in the dark; Power companies working around the clock for full restoration

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

UPDATE: 5:45 a.m. 11/20

91,000+ people remain without power in Spokane and surrounding areas and we are starting to get a better idea on restoration times. People still without power can assume they are in areas where power supply was hit the hardest. With temperatures dropping below freezing, anyone without power is being advised to seek shelter with friends or family or at an Emergency Shelter. 

Here are the latest updates we have from the power companies in our region: 

Avista - 79,456 (22%) still without power.

*Spokane was the hardest hit. Majority of Spokane customers can expect to have power by Monday but that is worst case scenario..
*Clarkston and Colville can expect to have power by midnight tonight. 
*Davenport and Pullman - Saturday at midnight
*Deer Park, St. Maries, Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint - Sunday at midnight
Once those crews are finished in outlying areas they will be reassigned to Spokane. As more crews join Spokane, power restoration will go faster so it's hard to say exactly how long it will take. 
13 fresh crews from San Francisco and Nevada are joining the ranks today to help Avista.


Inland Power - 5,803 (14%) still without power.
They estimate power will be restored to a majority of customers by Sunday evening.

Vera Power - Approximately 800 (8% of customers) still without power. Please be prepared for an outage that may exceed 2-4 days. There is extensive damage still from downed power lines.
They are encouraging people to seek emergency shelter or stay with family or friends who have electricity. 
Vera Power phones are being staffed 24/7 - (509) 924-3800.

Modern Electric - 196 without power. (No estimated restoration time)

Pend Oreille PUD - about 375 without power. (No estimated restoration time)

Kootenai Electric - 5,654 (26%)
In addition to all of their crews, KE has seven contracted crews working and two more starting today. They do not have specific restoration times but some members should be prepared for outages that last for a week or more.

Northern Lights - 3,249 (22%) without power. (No estimated restoration time)

Total Customers Affected - 91,000+

More helpful info: http://www.khq.com/…/inland-nw-windstorm-2015-helpful-links…




UPDATE: 9:41 p.m. 11/19

The big question for many people in the Inland Northwest is still when the power will come back. Unfortunately, you may not like the answer.

Avista is reporting more than 87,000 customers without power, which means they have already brought power back to more than 100,000 homes.

Avista crews are still working 36-hour shifts to get power back on, but it could take until Monday to restore power to everyone.

Inland Power and Light is reporting about 8,500 still in the dark.

Vera Power has less than 1,000 without power.

Kootenai Electric has about 6,500 customers without power.


Speaking at a press conference Thursday afternoon, the Greater Spokane Emergency Management team urged citizens to check on their neighbors while crews work to restore service. 

Pushing the hashtag #InlandStrong, Spokane Mayor David Condon urged citizens if they have power to invite neighbors over to warm-up and charge their devices. 

As of the conference, Avista said they had already restored service to 80,000 customers, but there are still roughly 95,000 without power. A representative from Inland Power also said they have restored power to a significant amount of people, but there is still a lot of work to be done. 

Avista is aiming for school to resume in the greater Spokane area on Monday, however as of 3:30 p.m., Spokane Public Schools says they have yet to make a decision on a closure or delay on Friday. Stay tuned to KHQ and khq.com for updated school closures. 

Crews from all power companies will be working non-stop until service is restored. Avista mentioned they had crews from Nevada and San Francisco en route to help with the effort. 

The Spokane Fire Department stressed the importance of staying away from downed power lines. Another area of concern is the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer noted that three patients are in critical condition as of Thursday afternoon due to carbon monoxide poisoning. For more power outage safety information from the fire department, click here. 

Also speaking at the press conference, a representative from the Red Cross urged citizens with any questions about storm recovery to call 2-1-1.

EMERGENCY SHELTERS:

The Red Cross has opened a shelter today at 11:00am at 1404 N Ash St, in Spokane.
If you have questions, please call: (509) 326-3330

WARMING CENTERS:

Spokane Libraries are heated and open to the public. Power strips to charge devices are available, as well as computers.

East side branches open until 8 p.m.

Indian Trail open until 6 p.m.

YMCA showers will be available to public from 9-11 a.m. and 7-9:30 p.m. until power is restored. Ages 12 and over need photo ID. Open for showers, device charging, and warming only. Use of the facility or Child Watch is not included. Day passes available for facility use or to use showers outside posted times: $8 Youth, $10 Adult, $30 family.
Hours: M-F: 5am-10pm, Sat: 7am-10pm, Sun: 9am-8pm
Central YMCA: 930 N Monroe, 99201
North YMCA: 10727 N Newport Hwy, 99218
Valley YMCA: 2421 N Discovery Pl., 99216
509 777 9622

American Red Cross shelter – Girls Scouts facility, 1404 N. Ash St., open 24 hours, will take all ages and pets.

Salvation Army Warming Center - 222 E. Indiana, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m., will take all ages. Entrance on Nora at the back of gym. Look for Warming Center entrance sign. Power is out, but there are blankets available. To donate blankets or volunteer, call (509) 329-2721.

House of Charity - single adults only - open at 6:00 p.m., 32 W. Pacific.

For updated power outage information in your area, click the link that serves your power needs:

Avistahttp://outagemap.myavista.com/external/default.html

Inland Power and Light: https://smarthub.inlandpower.com/woViewer/mapviewer.html?config=Outage+Web+Map

Vera Water and Power: http://www.verawaterandpower.com/outages

Modern Electric: http://mewco.com/

Kootenai Electric: http://www.kec.com/content/power-outage-updates

Pend Oreille County PUD: http://popud.org/power-outage

Clearwater Power: https://smarthub.clearwaterpower.com/oms/outageMap

Northern Lights Electric: http://www.nli.coop/account-services/outage-reporting-system/

Grant PUD: https://www.facebook.com/GrantCountyPUD

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