SPOKANE, Wash. – Avista Utilities reported nearly 7,000 people in northwest Spokane were without power Friday afternoon.

According to Avista’s website, residents in the Shadle Park and Emerson Garfield neighborhoods lost power around 1:20 p.m. Residents west of Spokane near Spokane Falls Community College, Palisades Park and John A. Finch Arboretum also lost power at the same time.

The cause of the outages is currently under investigation. However, high winds reaching up to 50 mph across the region could have played a factor.

"We were able to get the majority of customers back up a little before 2:00," said David Vowels of Avista Utilities. "There are still a few outages on our map, with a restoration time of about 5:00 p.m."

For more information on the outages, head to Avista's Outage Map.