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2nd Storm Blasts Through Region

Matt Goode, a Whitworth University alumnus, stands Sunday on the root ball of a massive pine that dropped on the music building. The university lost 30 trees in the storm. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

The Inland Northwest was flung back into storm cleanup mode Sunday after being clobbered by high winds for a second time in 10 days. Thunderstorms packing gusts of 40 to 55 mph brought down hundreds of trees and power lines over a wide swath of the region Saturday evening. Firefighters pounced on new brush fires sparked by arcing wires, while crews cleared trees blocking streets and highways. Utility workers were out in force restoring service to tens of thousands of customers who lost power, mainly north of Spokane and in Bonner County. The storm punched through starting before 5 p.m., wreaking havoc on some of the same areas hit hardest in the July 23 storm, including Deer Park, Colbert, Colville, Sandpoint and Priest River. Linemen that had put in long days after the first storm were back out Saturday night and all day Sunday/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (SR photo by Jesse Tinsley: Avista Utilities linemen work on a power pole high above Division Street and Hawthorne Road on Sunday)

Question: Were you affected by Saturday's storm?

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