Gone with the Wind

Into the second day of an ongoing windstorm across the region, on Monday, Jan. 6, gusting winds resulted in that afternoon’s blowdown of the movie screen at the Sunset Auto Vue in Grangeville. This screen replaced one destroyed in a November 2007 windstorm. The windstorm started just before noon on Sunday, with winds that day gusting between the low 20s to mid 30s. By Monday, gusts had increased to the mid 30s and up to 59 mph at 3:15 p.m. that day, according to the National Weather Service measuring station at the Idaho County Airport. Gusts earlier that day resulted in a southbound semi-truck and trailer being blown off the road, five miles south of Grangeville on U.S. Highway 95. No injuries were reported in that incident, and the highway was partially closed for nearly an hour for wreckers to recover the damaged semi and trailer.

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