The National Weather Service has posted high wind warnings for the region with gusts of 70 mph possible in lower elevations and stronger gusts in the mountains. The area from Ritzville to Spokane appears to be in the bullseye of the wind storm with gusts up to 68 mph possible. Coeur d’Alene is forecasted to see 55 mph gusts.
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, ferocious winds blowing at near-hurricane levels tore into Spokane, slamming 100-year-old trees to the ground, flattening power lines, injuring many and killing two people. The wind stretched Spokane’s citizens and infrastructure to a breaking point.