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Wind gusts cut power, roll semi

High winds from last Friday night’s storm resulted in minor power outages and a non-injury semi-truck crash.

Robert P. Shay, 46, of Lewiston, escaped injury when the southbound 2013 Kenworth semi-truck with trailer he was driving was blown over on U.S. Highway 95, 4.5 miles north of Grangeville, reported at 10:12 p.m. on Nov. 21, according to an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office report.

A passerby broke the cab’s windshield to help Shay – who was wearing a seat belt — exit the vehicle. Continued gusting winds prevented efforts by Dale’s Rescue Towing to remove the trailer until the following morning. Vehicle damages were estimated to exceed $1,500.

Within Avista’s coverage area, Grangeville operations manager Dan Austin reported weather conditions likely led to equipment failure that resulted in early morning Saturday outages impacting 208 customers, most of these temporarily, for a six-hour period. A minor outage in Ferdinand resulted from a pole fire that burned itself out. Storm-related damage is estimated around $12,000.

Engineering manager Chad Hill, Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative, reported the member-owned utility, “escaped with minor outages.”

High winds caused minimal damages in Keuterville, affecting 63 customers for nearly two and a half hours. A tree blew over a line in the Fish Creek area south of Grangeville, affecting seven customers for nearly two hours.

Among the highest wind speeds reported Nov. 21 were at the High Camp station south of Grangeville that recorded sustained winds of 64 mph and gusts at 95 mph. Regional stations reported gusts of 56 at the Idaho County Airport at Grangeville, 54 mph at Slate Creek, 40 mph at the US 95 ITD station south of Cottonwood, 35 mph at Pittsburg Landing, 28 mph at Secesh Summit and 25 mph on White Bird Hill.


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