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Wind gusts force fire trailer off road

High winds forced a Spokane Valley Fire Department communications trailer off Interstate 90 Thursday, causing an estimated $5,000 in damage.

The trailer was returning to a Spokane Valley fire station after a test run and maintenance on the West Plains, when a series of wind gusts forced it onto its side and into a ditch along the interstate, fire officials said.

The incident came on the heels of a Wednesday storm that toppled trees and downed power lines throughout the region. Winds of 30 mph to 60 mph, heavy rains and lightning was reported across the state.

The National Weather Service confirmed it was a twister, 300 feet wide, that touched down near Moses Lake on Wednesday, destroying a barn and lifting it 20 feet off the ground.