Monday afternoon wind storm could cause power outages, dangerous driving conditions

Students, faculty encouraged to sign-up for emergency alerts

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen news editor

Eastern Washington is expected to have wind gusts reaching 60 miles per hour Monday afternoon, which could cause downed trees, property damage and power outages.

One of the strongest bands of wind in the region will be from 2-6 p.m. between Pullman and Spokane, said Joey Clevenger, National Weather Service Spokane meteorologist. 

Tree branches can hit power lines, and power lines can snap with winds this strong, Clevenger said. Widespread power outages are possible, depending how close fallen trees are to substations. 

“[There is] definitely potential for spotty power outages across the Pullman area,” he said.

Wind speeds are expected to decrease close to midnight, according to an NWS press release. 

Drivers should use extreme caution because crosswinds and falling trees can create dangerous conditions, especially for high-profile vehicles, according to the press release.

Residents should prepare by securing loose objects such as trampolines, according to the press release. They should also make sure to charge electronics and have extra batteries for flashlights in case the power goes out. 

The strong winds accompany a cold front passing through the region, according to the press release. Low elevation snow is possible Thursday night into Friday morning.

WSU students and faculty are encouraged to opt-in for emergency alert notifications to stay informed about potential campus closures as inclement weather becomes likelier. Commuters can check WSU’s safe driving website for updated information about road conditions, according to an alert from WSU Public Safety and Office of Emergency Management.