Winds bring down limbs, trees and utility lines


Below, find local reaction to the windstorm

WALLA WALLA -- Gusty winds Wednesday brought down limbs, leaves and some utility lines, but apparently left behind little significant damage.

The gusts began about 4 p.m. as a low pressure system began moving through the area. Windy conditions continued through the evening, but dropped off rapidly after midnight. The peak gust recorded at Walla Walla Regional Airport was 44 mph before 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The largest power failure was reported at 7:58 p.m. in the Prospect Point area when gusts slapped two power lines together which caused a circuit breaker to open. Electricity was but to about 800 customers, but service was restored at 8:50 p.m., said Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power spokesman. A number of small power failures were also reported, Gauntt said, but none major.

Only one failure was reported in areas served by Columbia Rural Electric Association when three homes in the Wolf Fork area near Dayton lost power about 5:15 p.m., said Scott Peters, REA spokesman.

Fire District 4 firefighters were called out for reports of downed lines on Wallowa Drive and at School Avenue and Shelton Road. Milton-Freewater Rural Fire District firefighters also responded to a reported downed line on Highway 332.

The winds also complicated the morning commute for many drivers as they navigated through loads of leaves, lots of twigs and other debris which littered area streets and roadways.

Today's weather forecast calls for showers in the lower elevations and tonight. In the foothills of the Blue Mountains and higher elevations, snow levels are expected to lower to 1,500 feet tonight, but little or no accumulations are expected.


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