Windstorm knocks out power in Kettle Falls

Aaron Andrews

A windstorm left the city in the dark last Tuesday evening.
At about 6:40 p.m., Avista reported that 2,070 customers from Kettle Falls and the surrounding area were affected. The company listed the cause of the outage as equipment failure.
The outage was resolved by 11:50 p.m. that night.
Wind also hit Evans and Northport.
A first-hand account from Northport sheds light on the storm’s brief severity.
Luke Johnson of Rice, who works as a farm hand at a Northport essential oils farm, got caught in what appeared to be a microburst as he was working the field.
“There was so much dirt flying through the air that I could barely see anything,” Johnson said. “I tried to run, but the wind was blowing so hard that it felt like I wasn’t moving.” The wind was picking up barrels and branches and pebbles, Johson reported.
But that’s not all that the wind picked up. Johnson said that he was nearly struck by a flying trampoline. “It was coming right at me, fast and about four feet off of the ground,” he said. “If I hadn’t already moved, it would have killed me.”
Johnson survived with no injuries, but he is thinking of dressing up as a trampoline for halloween.