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Lewiston Power Outages Caused by Weather


June 9, 2023 - Thunderstorm Wind

Thunderstorm winds knocked down power lines and blew transformers. The report was along Snake River Avenue.

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July 5, 2019 - Thunderstorm Wind

A local newspaper reported a tree blown down in Lewiston due to a thunderstorm wind gust. No damage was reported. Time estimated from radar data. The local utility company reported 2400 customers without power in the Lewiston and Clarkston area as a result of thunderstorm winds bringing down power lines.

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June 26, 2019 - Thunderstorm Wind

A member of the public reported large tree branches broken and power lines down in Lewiston.

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June 26, 2019 - Thunderstorm Wind

Law Enforcement reported power lines down at multiple locations in Lewiston.

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April 7, 2017 - Thunderstorm Wind

The Wheatland Fire Station near Lewiston measured a wind gust of 66 mph with estimated 50 mph sustained winds for a brief period. Scattered power outages were noted around Nez Perce County by the Emergency Manager.

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July 5, 2019

During the evening of July 5th thunderstorms formed over northeast Oregon and moved into extreme southeast Washington and the southern Idaho Panhandle. Scattered reports of trees down and power outages were received from these areas before these storms dissipated later in the evening.

June 26, 2019

Moist and unstable southerly flow over north Idaho ahead of an offshore upper level low pressure promoted the development of thunderstorms during the afternoon of June 26th over the Idaho Panhandle. While numerous reports of 45 to 55 mph wind gusts and some reports of dime sized hail were received, a few of these storms over the central Idaho panhandle became severe with reports of downed trees and power lines in the Lewiston area.

August 29, 2017

Hot and unstable conditions with mid level monsoonal moisture created conditions ripe for gusty thunderstorms over north central Idaho during the afternoons of August 29th and 30th. ||During the afternoon of August 29th thunderstorms developed over extreme northeast Oregon and tracked into Nez Perce and Lewis Counties in Idaho. These storms produced wind gusts which downed trees and damaged structures in the Kamiah area. A nearby remote weather station recorded a peak wind gust of 94 mph as these storms passed through.||The next day on August 30th another round of afternoon high based thunderstorms produced a microburst which created extensive damage to power lines along a stretch of Highway 64 on the Camas Prairie.

April 7, 2017

In the early morning hours of April 7th a cold front with showers and a few embedded thunderstorms moved through the Idaho Panhandle. A bow echo on radar formed along the Idaho/Washington border between Coeur D'Alene and Lewiston and tracked through the Idaho Palouse region and Lewiston area. Numerous trees were toppled in the Moscow, Idaho area with damage and scattered power outages noted through out the Idaho Palouse region.

November 16, 2010

A strong cold front passage brought about very windy conditions over the Idaho Palouse, Lewiston area, and Camas Prairie. Numerous power outages and down trees were reported during the storm. Eleven power poles were blown down near Potlach on Highway 95 closing the road. In Moscow, 15 to 20 vehicles were damaged by falling trees. Moscow, Potlach, Troy, and Genesee Schools were closed due to widespread power outages. Very isolated lightning strikes over the Lewiston area and Camas Prairie resulted this event entered as both a thunderstorm wind and high wind event. Lightning was more abundant on the Idaho Palouse but high winds also occurred prior to the front passage. Wind gusts from the storm in miles per hour include: 64 in Lewiston, 63 at Mission Creek RAWS, and 61 at Corral Creek RAWS. Estimated wind gusts of 85 miles per hour occurred on the Idaho Palouse.


Power lines downed as fierce windstorm blows across basin | Columbia Basin Herald

MOSES LAKE — Damage was minimal in the Columbia Basin following Friday night’s windstorm even as recorded gusts topped 50 miles per hour in some parts of the region, according to the National Weather Service office in Spokane. NWS meteorologist Charlotte Dewey said the high wind recorded at the Grant County International Airport was 49 miles per hour, while the NWS recorded winds of 66 miles per hour in Mattawa — the highest speed in the county. Gusts of up to 51 miles per hour were recorded in Quincy, with winds reaching 41 miles per hour in Othello, 49 miles per hour in Ritzville, and 40 miles per hour in Lind. “The storm was pretty potent,” Dewey said. Grant County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kyle Foreman said damage in Grant County was restricted to downed power lines, though there was a chimney fire in the 10000 block of Kory Lane north of Moses Lake that the wind pushed down the chimney. Foreman said crews from Grant County Fire District 5 responded and took care of the fire quickly.

Nov 5, 2022

Planned Power Outages in Grangeville, Elk City Expected to Affect Approximately 390 Avista Customers | Idaho | bigcountrynewsconnection.com

GRANGEVILLE - On Friday, October 7 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., approximately 390 Avista customers in Grangeville and Elk City will experience a planned power outage,

Sep 28, 2022

Weather Authority Alert: Thunderstorm puts thousands without power | News | khq.com

SPOKANE, Wash. - Right now, thousands of people in the region are without power as a thunderstorm rolls in.

Aug 11, 2022

Planned Power Outage for Colton, Uniontown, Genesee and Surrounding Area set for Aug. 11 | Idaho | bigcountrynewsconnection.com

COLTON - Approximately 1,314 Avista electric customers in Colton, Uniontown, and Genesee will experience a planned power outage on Thursday, Aug 11. The planned outage will begin at 10:00 p.m.

Aug 1, 2022

Unusual moisture dumps rain across Inland Northwest, with more expected next weekend | The Spokesman-Review Arrow-right Camera The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Inland Northwest rain storms continued after the weekend due to an unusual amount of moisture in the atmosphere, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said. The weather will improve this week, but the high moisture will likely return over next weekend. 

Jun 6, 2022

LIVE UPDATES: Tracking power outages and damage from winds in the Spokane area and north Idaho | News | khq.com

SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ has placed a Weather Authority Alert for strong winds throughout Monday afternoon and into the evening. There's a potential for gusts approaching 50-60 mph which could

Apr 5, 2022

Planned Power Outage on April 5 to Affect Avista Customers in East Lewiston | Idaho | bigcountrynewsconnection.com

LEWISTON - On Tuesday, April 5 between the hours of 4:00 - 7:00 a.m., some Avista Utilities customers in the Lewiston area will experience a planned power outage.

Mar 30, 2022

Some Clearwater Power Customers to Experience Planned Outage on Sunday, March 27 | Idaho | bigcountrynewsconnection.com

POTLATCH - On Sunday, March 27, Clearwater Power customers located in the areas shown on the attached map will experience a planned electrical power outage between the hours of 8:00am

Mar 21, 2022

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What is Power Outage?

Power outage (also called a power cut, a power blackout, power failure or a blackout) is a short-term or a long-term loss of the electric power to a particular area.

What Causes Power Outages?

  • Severe weather (high winds, lightning, winter storms, heat waves, rain or flooding can cause damage to power lines or equipment);
  • Other damage to electric transmission lines (vehicle accidents, trees, and animals can cause damage to power lines or equipment);
  • Repairing, maintenance or upgrades on power lines and equipment.

What are the Top Outage Safety Tips?

  • Stay away from the downed power lines, park vehicles in protected areas;
  • Unplug appliances and electronics, limit cell phone use to conserve battery life;
  • Use portable generators outdoors only, well away from open windows and doors;
  • Pack perishable foods into a cooler, keep refrigerator and freezer doors shut as much as possible.

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Lewiston, Idaho

City Lewiston
County Nez Perce
State Idaho (ID)
Country United States
Zip Codes 83501

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