Several hundred homes and businesses were still without power this morning in Grant County following a powerful band of thunderstorms that battered the region on Sunday.
Grant County PUD lineman and contract crews are still working to restore power in the Moses Lake, Warden and around Quincy. The utility hoped to have most customers back online sometime today.
As many as 6,000 PUD customers had been without power after the storm hit Sunday evening, toppling trees and powerlines across much of the county and neighboring counties. Moses Lake schools were closed Monday because of the many downed power lines.
Wind gusts of nearly 60 mph were recorded. A gust toppled a semi-tractor trailer on Highway 17 in Adams County.
PUD spokesman Tom Stredwick said this morning that in one area of the county three dozen power poles were sheared off, and in another area 19 poles in a row were knocked down by the wind. In all, the utility has replaced 65 transmission and distribution power poles so far, repaired or replaced 15 transformers and replaced 10 miles of power line.
Some substations were also damaged, including some that were struck by lightning.
The same storm system dumped bouts of heavy rain and prompted flash-flood warnings in Chelan County, but did not cause any major problems. Most of the region was treated to a spectacular lightning show.