By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Exceeding expectations: Winds knock out power to thousands in the West Plains

Cities still effecting repairs almost one week after powerful storm blows through


Last updated 1/21/2021 at 11:52am

Wesley Willand

This house at 5th and I streets suffered major damage from last Wednesday's winds, but fortunately no injuries

WEST PLAINS - National Weather Service forecasters warned last week that a strong cold front scheduled to pass through Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho beginning late Tuesday night and through Wednesday could bring strong winds, heavy rain and snow in the mountains - with winds potentially gusting into the 40 – 55 miles per hour range.

They were a bit off as winds well exceeding those forecasted knocked down power lines, poles and trees leading to power disruptions to thousands and at least one death in the region on Jan. 13. Crews were continuing to make repairs in many areas as lat...

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