SPOKANE, Wash. -- Thunderstorms and showers continued into Thursday morning in the Inland Northwest.
The possibility of storms was expected throughout the day.
Meanwhile, Avista crews were out early Thursday morning to restore power to thousands of homes. Around 3,000 homes were without power but utility crews reduced that number to just over 1,000 in the afternoon. The outages were mostly reported in Colfax and Spokane Valley. Around 80 homes on Spokane’s South Hill were without power, along with some residences in Davenport.
Around noon, the most outages were in the Chewelah area, according to Avista. More than 900 customers there were without power.
The Inchelium School District in Ferry County also announced it would be closing at noon Thursday because of power outages.
A red flag warning was issued in Washingotn state until 11 p.m. Thursday night. A flash flood watch was also in effect through Friday afternoon in north-central Washington and the east-central area around the Cascade mountains.
Heavy rain showers were forecast for Friday as well, particularly in north-central Washington.