Avista Outages From Monday Windstorm
As of 5 p.m. Monday, November 15 Avista is reporting 294 outages affecting 21,549 customers. 50+ in the Spokane area, 44 in the CDA area, five in Colfax, five in Pullman, one in Lewiston, and the remainder scattered around northern Idaho. These numbers are projected to grow as the night continues. Emergency personnel also urge individuals who are experiencing an outage to not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
This article will be updated as more information is received.
The following was released by Avista in response:
Substantial winds across Idaho and Washington that began the afternoon of Nov. 15 and that continue tonight have caused power outages across Avista’s service area, primarily due to heavy wind causing branches and trees to come into contact with powerlines.
Outages began to occur on Avista’s system just after 3 p.m., and winds are expected to continue through 10 p.m. As the wind subsides and as it is safe to do so, Avista is focused on assessing the extent of the damage to the electric system and restoring power. Given this ongoing assessment, estimated restoration times are currently unknown and may take 24 hours or more in some cases.
Avista crews are working tonight and will continue to work around the clock as quickly and safely as possible until all customers are restored.
While estimated restoration times are unknown, customers should be prepared for prolonged outages and seek resources as needed. Once crews have been able to assess each area, we will provide updated restoration times for our customers.
Due to these outages, Avista is experiencing higher than normal call volumes, and we appreciate our customers’ patience.