·

Deadly windstorm rolls through Pacific Northwest, more than 600 000 customers without power

deadly-windstorm-rolls-through-pacific-northwest-more-than-600-000-customers-without-power

A powerful windstorm hit the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, leaving at least two people dead and more than half a million people without electricity. The storm left a trail of damage, caused a landslide that shut down a highway, and produced a historic wind gust of 114 km/h (71 mph) at Spokane International Airport.

More than 430 000 customers lost electrical service elsewhere in Washington state and Oregon, officials said.

A wind gust of 114 km/h (71 mph) was recorded at the Spokane International Airport, making it as powerful as the historic 2015 storm. 

One woman lost her life on Wednesday morning after a tree collapsed on her car at the 27th Avenue and Post Street, the Spokane police reported.

Another fatality was confirmed in North Idaho, where a man was killed on Highway 97 after a tree came off the hillside adjacent to the highway and hit his vehicle. The victim succumbed to his injuries.

The fire department personnel rescued a woman from her home on 3rd Avenue after she was trapped by a downed tree. The victim sustained chest injuries and was taken to the hospital.

YouTube video

YouTube video

windstorm-pacific-northwest-jan-13-2021.

​Image credit: NOAA/GOES-West, RAMMB/CIRA. Acquired January 13, 2021, at 08:00 UTC

As of Thursday, January 14, at least 136 808 are still without power in Washington, 34 838 in Idaho, 21 556 in Oregon, and 16 57 in Montana, according to poweroutage.us.

The storm left a trail of damage as many trees blocked roads and houses. The City of Spoken said some trees have been entirely uprooted and could have affected underground utilities.

Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward said Comstock Park lost about 50 trees and the scene "looked like a war zone."

In Canada, over 212 000 people were in the dark during the storm's onslaught, with the Lower Mainland and southern Vancouver Island as the worst affected areas.

Significant outages were also experienced by residents in Pender Island, Galiano Island, and Mayne Island. BC Hydro warned the public that power lines have been downed and people must keep a distance from any strewn wires.

As of Wednesday evening, about 5 800 people are still without power in the Lower Mainland region, 4 510 in Okanagan, 2 380 in North Vancouver Island, and 1 454 in South Vancouver Island.

The storm also dumped snow across the central Interior, prompting snowfall warnings covering Highway 1 from Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass, as well as the Yellowhead Highway from Tete Jaune Cache to the Alberta Border.

Environment Canada warned that another storm is approaching B.C.'s North Coast through Thursday.

Featured image credit: NOAA/GOES-West, RAMMB/CIRA. Acquired January 13, 2021, at 08:00 UTC

If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.

Share:

Commenting rules and guidelines

We value the thoughts and opinions of our readers and welcome healthy discussions on our website. In order to maintain a respectful and positive community, we ask that all commenters follow these rules:

  • Treat others with kindness and respect.
  • Stay on topic and contribute to the conversation in a meaningful way.
  • Do not use abusive or hateful language.
  • Do not spam or promote unrelated products or services.
  • Do not post any personal information or content that is illegal, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate.

We reserve the right to remove any comments that violate these rules. By commenting on our website, you agree to abide by these guidelines. Thank you for helping to create a positive and welcoming environment for all.

2 Comments

  1. Nemesis, winged tilter of scales and lives,
    Justice-spawned Goddess with steel-blue eyes!
    You bridle vain men who roil in vain
    Against Your adamantine rein.
    Great hater of hubris and megalomania,
    Obliterator of black resentment,
    By Your trackless, churning, wracking wheel
    Man’s glinting fortunes turn on earth.
    You come in oblivion’s cloak to bend
    The grandeur-deluded rebel neck,
    With forearm measuring out lifetimes,
    With brow frowning into the heart of man
    And the yoke raised sovereign in Your hand.
    Hail in the highest, O justice-queen

    Nemesis, winged tilter of scales and lives,
    Immortal Judge! I sing Your song,
    Almighty Triumph on proud-spread wings,
    Lieutenant of fairness, Requiter of wrongs.
    Despise the lordly with all Your art
    And lay them low in the Netherdark.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *