National Weather Service issues wind advisory

JESSICA ZHOU, Evergreen assistant news editor

The Spokane branch of the National Weather Service released a wind advisory late this morning for 1 to 8 p.m.

The advisory cited a strong cold front as the cause of the winds, mainly 35 to 45 mph with a few 50 mph gusts.

There have been no reported incidents of downed branches or power outages on campus, Pullman Dispatch confirmed. Moscow Dispatch was unable to comment due to the large volume of calls about wind-related incidents when the Daily Evergreen called at 6 p.m.

An outage affecting 316 customers about 10 miles north of Pullman in the area between Fallon, WA., and Viola, ID., was reported at 5:01 p.m., according to Avista’s power outages map. Power is estimated to be restored in the area at 7:45 p.m.

Areas the advisory was issued in addition to the Palouse include the Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, lower Garfield and Asotin Counties, the Moses Lake , the Upper Columbia Basin, the Spokane and Waterville Plateau.

This story is being updated regularly.

Reporting by Jessica Zhou