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SPOKANE, Wash. -

At a press conference updating the efforts for recovery from last week's windstorm, officials with the Greater Spokane Emergency Management said in impending winter storm watch could hamper efforts to restore power.

Officials said crews will continue to work on power restoration efforts as long as the weather permits it.

As of Monday afternoon, there are still approximately 31,000 customers without power in the Inland Northwest. There will be warming shelters open Monday night for those without power. That list can be found HERE.

Spokane Public Schools made the decision Monday afternoon to cancel all classes for the remainder of the week. You can always check the most updated school closures here.

Officials said they are in need of volunteers to do home checks on those without power. If you'd like to volunteer, you can call 2-1-1 or visit this website.

Speaking at the press conference, Mayor David Condon said he understands the frustrations citizens, adding that he too is still without power, but thanked everyone for their understanding and resilience.

Condon also said Spokane Police have stepped up patrols in the darkest neighborhoods in an effort to curb thefts.

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