SPOKANE, Wash. — Thousands of people woke up without power on Wednesday after a thunderstorm battered the Inland Northwest on Tuesday night.
Avista previously reported close to 13,000 outages in Spokane alone as of 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Those numbers dropped significantly to just over 2,000 outages of 5 a.m.on Wednesday.
Avista crews are working to fix the 300 outages affecting 9,000 customers in the Spokane area.
The outages affected downtown Spokane, disabling several traffic lights in the area.
On Wednesday morning, a gas station was without power and traffic lights were not functioning in the area of Maple Street and Third Avenue Power has since been restored to the area as of 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday.
About 800 residents in the Browne’s Addition neighborhood are without power on Wednesday morning.
Avista says outages in the area expected to be restored at about 10:30 a.m.
Earlier on Tuesday, a power outage was issued for the South Hill.
It was affecting people who live near Lincoln Heights and Glenrose, according to Avista's outage map.
Avista officials said the power outage was reported at 6:28 p.m.
Traffic lights at 29th and Ray Street and 17th and Ray Street were also affected by the outage.
Nearly 700 customers throughout the Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene areas were also without power on Wednesday morning, according to Kootenai Electric's outage map.
Outages for Kootenai Electric and Inland Power and Light customers have since been reduced to less than 200 total.
Vera Water and Power also reported outages due to the storm.
This is a developing story.