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Storm knocks out power to thousands on the West Plains


Drew Peterson

Cheney street crews clean up the remains of a pair of trees next to the Sterling-Moorman House damaged in Sunday’s thunderstorm that brought rain, high winds and plenty of lightning, knocking out power in Cheney, the West Plains and throughout the region.

An intense, fast moving, thunderstorm roared through the Eastern Washington-North Idaho region late Sunday evening, with winds and lightning strikes knocking out power transmission and plunging much of the West Plains past the Geiger exit into darkness.

According to the National Weather Service, about one-third of an inch of rain fell on the area in a short period of time Sunday evening, with wind gusts jumping from near zero just after 8 p.m. to around 50 mph within the span of about 10 minutes, with gusts topping out at 61 mph.

Joe Noland, Cheney Light Department director, said the city...

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