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20,000 still without power in Inland Northwest

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 8, 2020

A large tree that cracked in half and fell into Lew Peterson's backyard bringing power lines with it, is seen near Ninth Avenue and Perry Street in Spokane on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. The Labor Day wind storm brought the tree down and completely ruined Peterson's pergola, but was just short of his house, though he wasn't at home to witness the impact when it occurred. Peterson said he built the pergola six years ago but likely would not be able to rebuild it because he doesn't have the energy at this stage in his life. "There's nothing you can do about it," Peterson said while looking on the bright side, "Guess I'll finally get some sun in the backyard."  (Libby Kamrowski)
A large tree that cracked in half and fell into Lew Peterson's backyard bringing power lines with it, is seen near Ninth Avenue and Perry Street in Spokane on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. The Labor Day wind storm brought the tree down and completely ruined Peterson's pergola, but was just short of his house, though he wasn't at home to witness the impact when it occurred. Peterson said he built the pergola six years ago but likely would not be able to rebuild it because he doesn't have the energy at this stage in his life. "There's nothing you can do about it," Peterson said while looking on the bright side, "Guess I'll finally get some sun in the backyard." (Libby Kamrowski)

More than 20,000 electricity customers remained without power midday Tuesday in the aftermath of a powerful windstorm.

Avista Utilities reported about 9,300 without power as of noon. That’s down from 33,000 Monday afternoon.

Inland Power reported more than 9,200 customers out, down from 14,000 Monday evening.

Kootenai Electric Cooperative reported nearly 700 without power, down from more than 11,000 on Monday afternoon.

Northern Lights Inc., which serves much of Boundary and Bonner counties in North Idaho as well as parts of Western Montana, reported 4,600 without power noon Tuesday, down from 11,500 on Monday.

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