SPOKANE -- A high wind warning is in effect for most of the Inland Northwest Monday. It remains in effect until 11:00 p.m.
The warning includes the following areas: the Northern Panhandle, Spokane area, Coeur d`Alene area, Idaho Palouse, Central Panhandle Mountains, and Washington Palouse.
Sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph have been blowing all day with with gusts more than 50 mph reported.
The high winds are knocking over trees across the region, blocking roads and knocking down power lines.
Almost 18,000 Avista customers are reported to be without power as of 2:20 p.m. Monday, with the most significant outages in Lewiston, Sandpoint, Deary and Colville.
A dust storm warning is in effect until 11 p.m. tonight for the Moses Lake area and the Upper Columbia basin.
Grant County officials are asking residents in that county to stay home.
Grant County has closed the following roads due to blowing dust: State Route 17 south of I-90/Moses Lake, State Route 281 between Quincy and George, County Road 20 NE east of Stratford Road, and County Road Q SW between George and County Road 3 SW.
Grant County Transit Authority has also shut down all of their service between Quincy and George.
The Quincy School District shut down all after school activities because of the blowing dust.
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