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Severe Thunderstorm Hits Region

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued at 4 p.m. for Spokane and areas to the north as well as North Idaho south of Coeur d’Alene. The warnings are part of a broader swath of severe storms extending from southeast Washington into the fire zones of Central Washington. Sustained winds of 50 to 70 mph were reported from the storm that moved west of downtown Spokane along the West Plains just after 4 p.m. Emergency crews were responding to what so far have been small ground fires. Downed power lines as well as trees and branches are being reported. One tree was reported down on North Wall Street. Avista Corp. reported that 8,800 customers were without power in north Spokane, Colville and Palouse. That number quickly swelled to 16,000 customers without power/Mike Prager, SR. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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