City, Avista prepared for Friday night windstorm

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The City of Spokane and Avista are preparing for a nasty windstorm that’s scheduled to blow in Friday night,

Avista will have all hands on deck for power outages, and Spokane first responders, along with Streets and Parks crews are prepared to respond to calls for assistance and reports of damage.

These high winds will severely impact those who live in areas with lots of trees, and those experiencing homelessness. The public is reminded that shelter space is available, and transportation to the Trent Resource Center is available for those at Camp Hope.

“Responding to address safety concerns will be the City’s top priority during the storm. We are anticipating downed trees, broken branches and power outages,” said Mayor Nadine Woodward.

Avista customers are asked to immediately report when their electricity goes out by calling (800)-227-9187.

If your power does go out during the storm, turn off your appliances, unplug electric equipment, and leave a light or radio on as an alert when power has been restored.

Locals can also report trees blocking roadways by calling 3-1-1.

Don’t approach downed power lines, and if an intersection is without power, treat it like a four-way stop.

After the storm, citizens can take tree debris from their yards to the Waste to Energy facility at 2900 S. Geiger Boulevard. If you need assistance with clearing tree debris, you can call an arborist to help.

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