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Third Day of Closures, No Power in Wake of Wind Storm That Whipped Idaho Panhandle, E. Washington

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Avista officials said scores of crews were still working Friday morning to restore electricity to thousands of customers. - AVISTA
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  • Avista officials said scores of crews were still working Friday morning to restore electricity to thousands of customers.


A blistering early winter storm ripped Idaho's panhandle and eastern Washington this week, sinking boats in Lake Coeur d'Alene, destroying hundreds of trees and, as of Friday morning, leaving 50,000 customers of Avista Power in the dark for the second straight day.

The Weather Channel said the destructive Northwest storm left at least four people dead, caved-in a roof in downtown Spokane, Wash., ripped off another Spokane roof, triggered mudslides and, at its height, left nearly million people without electricity.  

KHQ reports the storm destroyed two boats in the Silver Beach Marina of Lake Coeur d'Alene

KXLY-TV reports regional mail carriers continued to work in the dark Thursday night and struggled to find addresses, but stayed on the job late into the evening.

This morning, KREM-TV reported dozens of school districts in Idaho and Washington canceled classes for the third straight day Friday. Meanwhile, Avista officials said scores of crews were still working to restore power to tens of thousands of customers and had recruited power crews from Nevada and California to assist in the effort.

The Kootenai County Board of Commissioners issued a declaration of disaster in the wake of the storm and the American Red Cross opened several emergency shelters, including one at the Coeur d'Alene Bible Church on N. Fourth Street in Coeur d'Alene.