COULEE DAM — A lightning storm Sunday night hit the Grand Coulee Dam area hard, with high winds knocking down trees that took out power lines, closed Highway 155, and damaged two mobile homes.
“We’ve got power lines down. We’ve got major trees down. It’s pretty bad out there,” Coulee Dam’s utility clerk Lori Oles said this morning.
Power lines across the roadway closed Highway 155 at 9 p.m. Today, crews are repairing power and fiber optic lines, with a detour in place using local roads.
Most of the west side of the town was still without power this morning, and the town’s public works crew had called in Nespelem Valley Electric Coop to help, she said.
Two mobile homes in the Lake View Terrace Mobile Home Park five miles south of Grand Coulee were hit by falling trees, said Ryan Fleihman, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
Wind gusts up to 54 mph were reported from the area, the agency’s website said.
Fleihman said the thunderstorm pushed up into Washington from North Central Oregon at about 6:30 p.m., and hit Grand Coulee at about 8 p.m.
Nespelem also got hit, with gusts up to 49 mph.