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KREM: Windstorm Vs. Ice Storm

Kerri Thoreson posts on Facebook: "Took this photo (Saturday evening) of the clouds overhead about 20 minutes before the storm blew through. Don't think I've ever seen a formation quite like this."

Authorities said the storm that caused severe damage and 50,000 power outages in early August became the second worst to hit the area in 18 years. The worst in recent memory: the 1996 Ice Storm.

1996 Ice Strom 2014 August Windstorm
100,000 power outages 50,000 power outages
  50 wildfires
Maxing out fire resources Maxing out fire resources
Downed trees Downed trees
16 degrees 90+ degrees
Widespread damage Isolated damage

In 1996, heavy ice coated trees causing them to snap and knock down power lines. The system was dubbed “Ice Storm” and it destroyed much of the infrastructure of Washington Water Power, now Avista/Whitney Ward, KREM2. More here.

Question: Which do you think was worse -- the recent wind storms or Ice Storm 1996?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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